agnosticism


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Synonyms for agnosticism

a religious orientation of doubt

the disbelief in any claims of ultimate knowledge

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Materialism, atheism, and agnosticism are all based on the conviction that one knows the truth, even if, as in the case of the last of these, truth is nothing more than a conviction that no one can know for sure what is true.
It was inevitable that a conflict should arise between Agnosticism and Theology; or rather, I ought to say, between Agnosticism and Ecclesiasticism.
Her topics include the meaning of the history of science for philosophy, skepticism and agnosticism in contemporary epistemology, laws of physics and the postulate of truthfulness of scientific statements, the semantics of conditional sentences, and silence as an expression and as a value.
Against Dawkins' form of atheism (he argues that "God's existence is very improbable,"), Kenny defends a type of agnosticism that acknowledges the possibility that faith in God may be reasonable.
Although her mother was brought up Jewish, she had moved toward socialism and agnosticism, a common occurrence among members of that generation in the 1940s.
He looks at logical and conceptual problems with the spiritual turn; meta-reality, critical realism, and Marxism; secularism, agnosticism, and theism; critical realism, Transcendence, and God; and humanism, spiritualism, and critical theory.
He said, 'A dictatorship of relativism is being formed, one that recognizes nothing as definitive and that has as its measure only the ego and its desires." The Church has been "thrown from one extreme to the other: from Marxism to liberalism, even to libertarianism; from collectivism to radical individualism; from atheism to a vague religious mysticism; from agnosticism to syncretism, and so on.
Dossey writes of "terrible struggles" (27) growing up in the Bible Belt, followed by a migration into agnosticism, and finally the embrace of an ambiguous "spartan" religion summarized by the Dalai Lama: "My religion is kindness" (37).
Functionally and pragmatically, humanism is a genteel, gentrified term for agnosticism, atheism, freethinking, non-belief, or other terms used for a nontheistic posture.
Ever since the days of Dewey and Santayana, philosophical naturalism in this country has tended to connote religious atheism and agnosticism. Originally, however, in the writings of Emerson, the American philosophical celebration of nature included the celebration of God, of spirit, and of religious experience.
Scholars of philosophy consider the five proofs of God that theologian Thomas Aquinas (1225-74) set out in his Summa Theologica in the context of today's world of science, technology, atheism, and agnosticism. For each proof, they offer two contrasting perspectives, then the author(s) of each responds to the other.
Thomas Paine's use of the techniques of religious tracts in Common Sense despite his avowed agnosticism notes that a good author considers the audience.
Locke and the Mind-Body Problem: An Interpretation of His Agnosticism, HAN-KYUL KIM
In sum, she left the Church of England in favor of agnosticism, went against the marriage canon, and developed a unique way of living, calling it "Meliorism," stemming from the word ameliorate.
Since morality is as impenetrable as it is, we need to think, Steiner advises, "more humbly." Given this moral agnosticism, however, his notion of humility seems to be nothing more than the stark recognition that we know nothing about morality.