Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Agnostic'
adj : uncertain of all claims to knowledge [syn: agnostical]
n : a person who doubts truth of religion [syn: doubter]
- Agnostic \Ag*nos"tic\, a. [Gr. 'a priv. + ? knowing, ? to know.]
Professing ignorance; involving no dogmatic; pertaining to or
involving agnosticism. -- Ag*nos"tic*al*ly, adv.
- Agnostic \Ag*nos"tic\, n.
One who professes ignorance, or denies that we have any
knowledge, save of phenomena; one who supports agnosticism,
neither affirming nor denying the existence of a personal
Deity, a future life, etc.
Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Agnostic'
Agnosticism is the view that the truth value of certain claims—especially claims about the existence or non-existence of any deity, but also other religious and metaphysical claims—is unknown or unknowable. Agnosticism can be defined in various ways, and is sometimes used to indicate doubt or a skeptical approach to questions. In some senses, agnosticism is a stance about the similarities or differences between belief and knowledge, rather than about any specific claim or belief.
Thomas Henry Huxley, an English biologist, coined the word agnostic in 1869. However, earlier thinkers and written works have promoted agnostic points of view. They include Protagoras, a 5th-century BCE Greek philosopher, Since Huxley coined the term, many other thinkers have written extensively about agnosticism.[See more about Agnostic at Dictionary 3.0 Encyclopedia]
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