Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-1895) invented the word agnosticism
. He was England's most scholarly foe of orthodox Christianity during the latter part of the nineteenth century, and was best known for his defense of the theory of evolution.
Within certain philosophical debates, most notably those concerning the limits of our knowledge, agnosticism
seems a plausible, and potentially the right, stance to take.
The author had climbed out of darkness because she had overcome a lack of self-confidence, the terror of undiagnosed epilepsy, and atheism, but only to be mired in agnosticism
. Let us pray that she may yet find God.
Elizabeth Bishop grew up in a thoroughly Protestant household and, according to Corelle (English, Babson College) she used that experience as a tool to promote agnosticism
. Corelle believes Bishop appropriated traditional genres of Protestant literature, namely allegory, pastoral elegy and spiritual autobiography, to present a subversive critique of Christian language and imagery and promote her own beliefs.
about Other Worlds: A New Antirealist Programme in Modality, JOHN DIVERS
Most importantly, it developed a Canadian "state religion." Essentially it is agnosticism
. It assumes that no ultimate truths can be known, and from that it concludes that all religions must be founded upon a fallacy.
Any objective observer would be forced to admit that a phrase like "In God We Trust" clearly indicates that theism is preferred to atheism or agnosticism
. Research studies, of course, could easily show what citizens believe such symbols mean, but courts have invariably held that they can readily tell what an "objective observer" would think without the use of empirical evidence.
Much changed since Gordon Stein's 1985 1st edition, the second edition contains over 500 entries on topics that discuss unbelief within major religions, atheism, agnosticism
, secular humanism, secularism, and the relationship between a non-religious credo and major social reform movements.
Rather than oppose doctrine with doctrine, atheism and agnosticism
with Catholic teaching, the Quebec hierarchy merely expressed vague reservations about the new law.
All that can be said is that he lived in a time of great intellectual turmoil during which spiritualism, socialism, Darwinism, agnosticism
, imperialism, and conventional religions contested for the loyalties of humanity.
For Corbin there is no doubt that Western philosophy developed an agnosticism
which has paralyzed it for generations, whereas the Shiite theosophical metaphysics of esotericism may preserve a metaphysics whose object is the discovery and examination of the spiritual universe.
Bush (English, Saint Louis U.) traces these parallels in the life of Twain and the country: e.g., revivalism, Social Christianity, spiritualism, and agnosticism
. He makes a plausible case for how the deaths of family members (pictured) influenced Twain's later belief and writings.