Agnosticism is the view that the truth values of certain claims—especially claims about the existence or non-existence of any deity, but also other religious and metaphysical claims—are unknown or unknowable. Agnosticism can be defined in various ways, and is sometimes used to indicate doubt or a skeptical approach to questions.
Unlike atheists, agnostics hold the question of God's existence open. For instance, we often find atheists arguing that if there were a God then we would surely be able to prove this.
Agnosticism maintains that the nature and attributes of God are beyond the grasp of man's finite and limited mind. Agnostics generally claim either that it is not possible to have absolute or certain knowledge of the existence or non-existence of God or gods, or that, while individual certainty may be possible, they personally have no knowledge.
Enchanted agnostics believe that behind every institutionalized religion is a transcendent question, "But what is beyond that?"
A person who looks for evidence of the interaction is an agnostic; if the evidence is convincing, then presumably the agnostic would change belief system to whichever religion exposed the interaction between realms. If the evidence is not convincing, then the agnostic would remain agnostic. Note that an agnostic is not an atheist.
The number of American adults with Agnostic beliefs: This is now accurately known as a result of the 2008 ARIS study: it is about 10% of the adult population -- on the order of 23 million. 1 It is the second largest religious belief system, after Christianity.
That Hitchens took a glass-half-full approach to agnostics is notable because it's sharply at odds with the line of his compatriot, Richard Dawkins, whose thoughts on agnostics in "The God Delusion" are almost uniformly negative.
Agnostics neither wholly accept nor wholly reject metaphysical claims of religion, claiming that faith alone is insufficient grounds for determining factual religious information.
An agnostic thinks it impossible to know the truth in matters such as God and the future life with which Christianity and other religions are concerned. Or, if not impossible, at least impossible at the present time.
In the words of Jorge Luis Borges, a famous Argentinian writer and poet:
"Being an agnostic means all things are possible, even God, even the Holy Trinity. This world is so strange that anything may happen, or may not happen. Being an agnostic makes me live in a larger, a more fantastic kind of world, almost uncanny. It makes me more tolerant."
Agnosticism is not a religion or complete ethical system. It is simply a belief that we cannot prove either the existence or the non-existence of deity; (i.e. of one or more gods, one or more goddesses, or combinations of the above).
The term “agnostic” is derived from two Greek words: a, meaning “no,” and gnosis, meaning “knowledge.” Literally an agnostic is a person who claims to have no knowledge. Often agnostics apply this lack of knowledge to the existence of God. In this case, an agnostic is one who does not affirm or deny the existence of God.
a person who believes that nothing is known or can be known of the existence or nature of God. having a doubtful or non-committal attitude towards something: