Don’t be an agnostic – be something.
That it is wrong for a man to say he is certain of the objective truth of a proposition unless he can provide evidence which logically justifies that certainty. This is what agnosticism asserts and in my opinion, is all that is essential to agnosticism.
Agnosticism simply means that a man shall not say he knows or believes that for which he has no grounds for professing to believe.
When I… began to ask myself whether I was an atheist, a theist, or a pantheist; a materialist or an idealist; a Christian or a freethinker, I found that the more I learned and reflected the less ready was the answer; until at last I came to the conclusion that I had neither art nor […]
In matters of the intellect follow your reason as far as it will take you, without regard to any other consideration… and do not pretend that conclusions are certain which are not demonstrated or demonstrable. That I take to be the agnostic faith, which if a man keep whole and undefiled, he shall not be […]
A man who is an agnostic by inheritance, so that he doesn’t remember any time that he wasn’t, has almost no hatred for the religious.
There’s nothing an agnostic can’t do if he doesn’t know whether he believes in anything or not.
I was much cheered upon my arrival (in prison) by the warden at the gate who had to take particulars about me. He asked my religion, and I replied, “Agnostic.” He asked how to spell it, and remarked with a sigh, “Well, there are many religions, but I suppose they all worship the same God.”
My view is that if there is no evidence for it, then forget about it. An agnostic is somebody who doesn’t believe in something until there is evidence for it, so I’m agnostic.
One walking with me observed, with some emphasis, “I do not believe as you do. I am an agnostic.” – “Oh,” I said to him, “that is a Greek word, is it not? The Latin word, I think is ‘ignoramus.'” He did not like it at all. Yet I only translated his language from Greek […]