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Definition of the noun agnosticism

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noun - plural: agnosticisms

  1. a religious orientation of doubt; a denial of ultimate knowledge of the existence of God
    • example: agnosticism holds that you can neither prove nor disprove God's existence
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • more generic term: religious orientation = an attitude toward religion or religious practices
  2. the disbelief in any claims of ultimate knowledge

Alternative definition of the noun agnosticism


  1. The view that absolute truth or ultimate certainty is unattainable, especially regarding knowledge not based on experience or perceivable phenomena.
  2. The view that the existence of God or of all deities is unknown, unknowable, unproven, or unprovable.
  3. Doubt, uncertainty, or scepticism regarding the existence of a God or of all deities.


  1. "Agnosticism" is a book by Robert Flint.
    • genre: Philosophy
    • subjects: Modern philosophy, Philosophy, Religion, Atheism
  2. "Agnosticism" is a written work.

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Google previewThe Hidden Revelation (2015)

“My passion is Spirituality; my mission is to end homelessness and hunger.” by Morson Livingston

Agnosticism is a belief that the existence or nonexistence of any deity is unknown and possibly unknowable. More specifically, agnosticism is the view that the true values of certain claims —especially claims about the existence or ...

Google previewAsk (2015)

Faith Questions in a Skeptical Age by Scott J. Jones, Arthur D. Jones

Agnosticism means not knowing what is true. Someone can...

Google previewThe Agnostic Age (2011)

Law, Religion, and the Constitution by Paul Horwitz

Just as the old agnosticism was a response to the currents of its own age, to the rise of science and the fading confidence in the old religious verities, so the new agnosticism is a response to the currents of our own agnostic age. Constitutional ...

Google previewKey Terms in Philosophy of Religion (2010)

by Raymond J. VanArragon

Agnosticism is a term that can be applied generally, and is simply a position that is midway between believing that...

We'd all agree that sometimes agnosticism is the appropriate position, as when the considerations that favor ...

Google previewe-Study Guide for A Companion to Epistemology, textbook by Jonathan Dancy (2012)

Philosophy, Philosophy by Cram101 Textbook Reviews

Agnosticism: Agnosticism is the view that the truth values of certain claimsespecially claims about the existence or nonexistence...

In some senses, agnosticism is a stance about the difference between belief and knowledge, rather than about ...

Google previewCritical Essays (2005)

Philosophical, Theological and Scientific by Nicholas Churchich

Like pragmatism, agnosticism is the product of post-Darwinian genetic psychology which treated reason merely as a means...

Unlike Spencer's agnosticism and Comte's positivism, Huxley's agnosticism is a confession of ignorance and rests ...

Google previewComparing Religions, Coming to Terms (2016)

Philosophy, Philosophy by CTI Reviews

Agnosticism is the view that the truth values of certain claimsespecially claims about the existence or nonexistence of any...

Google previewThink Sociology (2011)

by John Carl, Sarah Baker, Brady Robards, John Scott, Wendy Hillman, Geoffrey Lawrence

agnosticism is the view that the truths about claims made by religions ( such as the existence of an afterlife or deities) are unknowable. alter- globalisation ...

Google previewTo Know Him (2010)

by Rev. Dr. Victor N. Manassa Th.D, Victor N. Manassa

Agnosticism is an extreme illustration. The doctrine of Mansel in ...

Google previewThe Popular Encyclopedia of Apologetics (2008)

Surveying the Evidence for the Truth of Christianity by Ed Hindson, Ergun Caner

TERM AGNOSTICISM comes from two Greek words: the Greek a, meaning “ without,” and gnosis, meaning “knowledge.” Agnosticism is a philosophy that views the truth claims that deal with the metaphysical realm—such as theology, the ...

Google previewDictionary of Atheism, Skepticism, and Humanism

by Bill Cooke

AIDS agnosticism was the label of choice for people keen to appear reasonable. Some prominent atheists, like G. W. Foote, Chapman Cohen, and Joseph McCabe accused agnosticism of being little more than atheism in a silk hat. Huxley's ...

Google previewThe Routledge Dictionary of Philosophy (2009)

by Michael Proudfoot, A.R. Lacey

Agnosticism . The view that reason is unable to prove eitherthatGodexistsor that God does not exist. Hume and Kant providedthephilosophical foundations of agnosticism. In common speech,anagnosticis someone Algorithm . Procedure for ...

Google previewConcise Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy (2013)

by Professor Edward Craig, Edward Craig

ANTHONY APPIAH AGNOSTICISM In the popular sense, an agnostic is someone who neither believes nor disbelieves ...

Google previewThe Norton Dictionary of Modern Thought (1999)

by Alan Bullock

agnosticism. The philosophical position which claims that it is impossible in principle (or at least in practice) to know whether god exists or not. The term itself was coined in 1869 by the biologist ...

Google previewDictionary of World Philosophy (2013)

by A. Pablo Iannone

agnostic see agnosticism agnosticism From the Greek a (not) and gignoskein (to know). Term coined by the English biologist and philosopher T.H. ...

Google previewPopular Dictionary of Bible Prophecy, The (2010)

by Ron Rhodes

PROPHETIC AGNOSTICISM act. God's knowledge of all things is from the vantage point of eternity, so that the past, present, and future are all encompassed in one ever-present “now” to Him. God knows all things, both actual and possible ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Thoughts (1891)

Being a Cyclopedia of Laconic Quotations from the Best Authors, Both Ancient and Modern by Tryon Edwards

AGNOSTICISM. 14 AGRICULTURE. These are the effect» of doting аде : vain doubta, and idle caret*, aud over caution. — Dryden. There are two things which grow stronger in the breast of man, in proportion us ho advance* in years : the love ...

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I do not consider it an insult, but rather a compliment, to be called an agnostic. I do not pretend to know where many ignorant men are sure - that is all agnosticism means. (Clarence Darrow)
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The value of this 11-letter word is 16 points, but it's not an accepted word in the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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