Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Etymology And History Of Agnosticism

Etymology And History Of Agnosticism Cover The word "Agnostic" was coined by Thomas Huxley (1825-1895) from two original Greek words: agnostos, which means ignorant and gnosis which means knowledge. 17 An Agnostic is not simply without knowledge or stupid. Agnostics take the stance that no knowledge of God is now possible; some say that God's existence or non-existence will never be provable.

The French website "Atheism: Man standing on his own two feet" writes that Huxley:

"... took inspiration from the ideas of David Hume and of Emmanuel Kant. Agnosticism is a philosophy that declares absolute, divine, Metaphysics -- and more generally That Which cannot be grasp by experiment -- is inaccessible to the human mind and to perception. Consequently, the existence of God cannot be proven. Agnosticism professes a complete ignorance about the profound nature, the origin, and the destiny of things. It is a form of skepticism applied to metaphysics and theology.

Already present in the Ancient Greece, agnosticism developed rapidly in the 18th and 19th centuries because of scientific discoveries that contradicted many religious dogmas, the Bible and other Holy Scriptures.

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