Agnostics believe that the truth about God is unknowable.
Pascal's Wager, as it's known, seemed to play out for the agnostics Vail and his colleagues studied.
He points out, for example, that ancient Sanskrit has more atheist and agnostic
literature than any other classical language in history.
Or that Hitler and his gang of agnostics sent twelve million civilians to perish in concentration camps, six million Jews and six million others, the vast majority of whom were Christians?
Nearly a century and half after John Stuart Mill said in On Liberty that tyranny was banished forever the atheist and agnostic tyrannies and dictatorships are everywhere, with the Chinese government today representing the most murderous of them all.
To my knowledge there is no humanist, agnostic
, or atheist organization in Kentucky that serves children or families in need.
If we start to say, "You can have your private beliefs but they have no public place," that only leaves the so-called neutral beliefs of atheists and agnostics
unchallenged and intact.
What this indefinable unknown is the agnostic cannot say.
But this conviction does not make an agnostic more tolerant than a believer, for each has a specific worldview that requires him to say that the other is wrong.
The real difference between the agnostic and the Christian, therefore, is not tolerance and intolerance, for each is "intolerant" in his conviction that the other is in error.