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the doctrine or belief of an .
an intellectual doctrine or attitude affirming the uncertainty of all claims to ultimate knowledge.
Contemporary Examples

It’s this agnosticism, he argued, that leaves BDSers open to accusations that they want to see the country destroyed.
Not Trying To Cause A Big Sensation Jacob Silverman October 7, 2012

“Maybe we need a new category other than theism, atheism or agnosticism that takes paradox and unknowing into account,” he writes.
Frank Schaeffer, the Atheist Who Believes in God Nick Tabor August 2, 2014

Historical Examples

agnosticism is but a cautious idealism—a timid phenomenalism.
Essays Towards a Theory of Knowledge Alexander Philip

But whether it be faith or agnosticism, it must be nothing external to me.
De Profundis Oscar Wilde

“agnosticism” might be tolerated, but materialism is utterly inadmissible.
Socialism: Utopian and Scientific Frederick Engels

Sensibility had overcome his agnosticism, and he had forgotten that it was possible to doubt.
Lippincott’s Magazine, September, 1885 Various

But return to the idea of the divorce of science and life, which is such an easy conclusion of agnosticism.
The Will to Doubt Alfred H. Lloyd

He said that agnosticism and all that kind of thing was bad form.
The Dop Doctor Clotilde Inez Mary Graves

The impression usually conveyed by this statement, however, is that agnosticism is a new thing in Japan.
Evolution Of The Japanese, Social And Psychic Sidney L. Gulick

The alternatives of the intellectual life are Christianity or agnosticism.
Natural Law in the Spiritual World Henry Drummond


1870, from agnostic + -ism.

The agnostic does not simply say, “I do not know.” He goes another step, and he says, with great emphasis, that you do not know. [Robert G. Ingersoll, “Reply to Dr. Lyman Abbott,” 1890]

agnosticism [(ag-nos-tuh-siz-uhm)]

A denial of knowledge about whether there is or is not a God. An agnostic insists that it is impossible to prove that there is no God and impossible to prove that there is one. (Compare atheism.)


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