An Agnostic’s Position

Any regular reader of this column may have discerned this writer is not a member of any organized religion. In published philosophical articles I have defended the position of the agnostic, which is the view of someone who says he does not know whether God exists. The agnostic appears to the external observer indistinguishable from the atheist, but in fact they hold very different positions. The emphasis of the agnostic is upon knowledge or actually the lack thereof. One view of knowledge is that it requires three necessary conditions: belief, truth, and justification. The difference between the agnostic and the atheist is that while neither believes that God exists, only the atheist believes that God does not exist. The agnostic neither believes nor disbelieves but rather suspends judgment on the question of the existence of God. Such a suspension centers upon the lack of evidence as justification for the belief.



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