Agnostics

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There is an interesting article over at Slate titled "An Agnostic Manifesto." In it Ron Rosenbaum explains:

Let's get one thing straight: Agnosticism is not some kind of weak-tea atheism. Agnosticism is not atheism or theism. It is radical skepticism, doubt in the possibility of certainty, opposition to the unwarranted certainties that atheism and theism offer.

Agnostics have mostly been depicted as doubters of religious belief, but recently, with the rise of the "New Atheism"—the high-profile denunciations of religion in best-sellers from scientists such as Richard Dawkins and Daniel Dennett, and polemicists, such as my colleague Christopher Hitchens—I believe it's important to define a distinct identity for agnosticism, to hold it apart from the certitudes of both theism and atheism.

I would not go so far as to argue that there's a "new agnosticism" on the rise. But I think it's time for a new agnosticism, one that takes on the New Atheists. Indeed agnostics see atheism as "a theism"—as much a faith-based creed as the most orthodox of the religious variety.

Of course we here at Salvo have been writing this about the new atheists for a while now, but it's nice to see that others are catching on as well. I myself have always found it hard not to sympathize with the agnostic position. However, as Dr. Hutchens relates over at Mere Comments, Agnosticism can never really be a static state.

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