from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One who believes that it is impossible to know whether there is a God.
- n. One who is skeptical about the existence of God but does not profess true atheism.
- n. One who is doubtful or noncommittal about something.
- adj. Relating to or being an agnostic.
- adj. Doubtful or noncommittal: "Though I am agnostic on what terms to use, I have no doubt that human infants come with an enormous 'acquisitiveness' for discovering patterns” ( William H. Calvin).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A person who holds to a form of agnosticism, especially uncertainty of the existence of a deity.
- adj. Of or relating to agnosticism or its adherents.
- adj. Doubtful or uncertain about the existence or demonstrability of God or other deity.
- adj. A software component (or other entity) that is unaware or noncommittal regarding the specific nature of the components with which it interacts; polymorphic; modular; pluggable
- adj. Having no firmly held opinions on an issue or matter of uncertainty.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Professing ignorance; involving no dogmatic; pertaining to or involving agnosticism.
- 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One of a class of thinkers who disclaim any knowledge of God or of the ultimate nature of things. They hold that human knowledge is limited to experience, and that since the absolute and unconditioned, if it exists at all, cannot fall within experience, we have no right to assert anything whatever with regard to it.
- Pertaining to the agnostics or their doctrines; expressing ignorance or unknow-ableness.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. uncertain of all claims to knowledge
- n. someone who is doubtful or noncommittal about something
- adj. of or pertaining to an agnostic or agnosticism
- n. a person who claims that they cannot have true knowledge about the existence of God (but does not deny that God might exist)
It took Huxley a full two decades to respond to his friend's adjustment of his term agnostic, but when he did respond he tried to put Spencer right on at least one key point about the risks of mythologizing the unknowable, of turning it into a kind of negative Absolute.
To those who've forgotten that the man who coined the term agnostic was also Darwin's self-appointed "bulldog," fiercely defending his work and discovery against the jibes of a derisive, behind-the-times Church of England, it's worth remembering that Huxley in turn criticized Spencer for not only making agnosticism require a static, permanent doubt, but also for failing to underline some of the worst social consequences of religion.
Considering his substantial differences with Spencer, why didn't Huxley do more to intervene over what he saw as misuse of the term agnostic?
The term agnostic talks about the existence of God being unknown or unknowable.
Instead, like many other agnostics at the time -- including Leslie Stephen, George Eliot, Herbert Spencer, Charles Darwin and Thomas Huxley who coined the term agnostic three decades earlier, in 1869 -- he thought belief should rest on evidence, not faith, but also that evidence itself was in some key instances wanting.
I don't prefer the term agnostic because agnosticism is often used as a weak term that means I'm not sure if the guy with the beard on the cloud exists or doesn't exist.
I am in that sense an empiricist who objects to the metaphysical position Huxley who first coined the term agnostic proposed in his definition of agnosticism.
In fact while Thomas Huxley was the person who coined the term agnostic it was Stephen who popularized it.
The use of the term agnostic means that a vast majority of climatologists think that there is something out there, they just don’t know what it is.
She misunderstood the term agnostic, and it’s meaning.
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