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The Agnostic

I am underwhelmed by the factions involved in the theist debate. We have monotheism, polytheism, pantheism, and atheism. And then there is this peculiar category called agnostic. From speaking with people about agnosticism here and there since youth, I developed the idea that agnosticism was an state of indecision.

What bothers me about that idea is that indecision requires a decision, a declaration of belief. This is also often put upon “independent” voters, that they should really just suck it up and decide what they believe: Republican or Democrat, as if there is a substantial difference between the two.

There are many subcategories of agnostic, which are interesting. There is even this silly diagram, which appears to over simplify the matter by hinging the whole matter of reality on whether or not a deity is responsible for the whole thing.

The ignostic holds the peculiar view that the whole debate is worthless unless a coherent definition of deity is put forth, otherwise neither theist, or non-theist really have enough data to carry on a worthwhile dialogue or debate.

The carnival ride goes round and round until it inevitably gets stuck at the burden to produce evidence for both sides. Neither can seem to provide evidence. And both seem utterly convinced they do not require evidence in order disprove the other. Of course, because a debate is a debate, evidence is required.

But the matter does in no-wise require a debate. Reality will continue to be reality, even if we stop arguing about it.  The word agnostic does not imply anything about deity. It literally means without knowing. As an intellectual movement it seems to have developed out of Thomas Henry Huxley, who stated, “Agnosticism is not a creed but a method, the essence of which lies in the vigorous application of a single principle…do not pretend conclusions are certain that are not demonstrated or demonstrable.” What can be taken from it, is that we may not have the faculties to know, and in so far as we have the faculties to know, we may not have the faculties to relate such knowledge to our brethren in the manner that is becoming of truth.