Amis to Hitchens on agnosticism

My dear Hitch: there has been much wild talk, among the believers, about your impending embrace of the sacred and the supernatural. This is of course insane. But I still hope to convert you, by sheer force of zealotry, to my own persuasion: agnosticism. In your seminal book, God Is Not Great, you put very Read More…

Agnostics needed!

There’s an advertising headline I never thought I’d see. We’re conducting a web survey of nonbelievers (atheists, agnostics, doubters, sceptics etc.) So far, we’ve had a good response, with over 1700 usable submissions. We’ve got lots of atheists, but we do not have as many agnostics as we would like. We’d like to ask for Read More…

Agnosticism, Atheism and Definitions

On disbelief April 2006 What is an Agnostic? October 2006 Agnostic Still November 2006 On Learned Ignorance November 2006 Atheism and agnosticism… again December 2006 Another kind of Agnosticism January 2007 Atheism versus agnosticism… in Darwin April 2007 [Included to show that I am not being modernist in my use of the terms.] What is Read More…

Why agnostics don’t have holidays

Courtesy of Leiter

A symbol for Agnostics

Atheists have their scarlet A, Christians have their crosses and fishes, Muslims have their star and crescent, and the Shahada. What do agnostics have? A while back I designed my own symbol, but never got around to posting it, so here is my suggestion. If you have a suggestion, put the link in a comment Read More…

Agnosticism and Atheism

These pages provide links to all my posts of worth on the topic of Agnosticism, Atheism, and Religion. Hopefully I can just refer people to it when they ask about my views, when they turn up on a post. Well I’ve always said, There’s nothing an agnostic can’t do if he really doesn’t know whether Read More…

Warning: Dawkins leads to agnosticism

It was during this time that you chaired an event for Richard Dawkins and, as a result, shifted your views from atheism to agnosticism. Why the conversion? The event sold out very quickly. The people were huge fans of Dawkins, and being amongst a group of card-carrying atheists was something I’d never experienced before. I’d Read More…

Annie’s death was not the cause of Darwin’s agnosticism

That rough punk of evolution, Mark Pallen, has a table up documenting the formulation and spread of the story that it was the horrible death of Darwin’s favoured daughter, Annie, which, he reckons, is not true. He’s working up a paper on the matter, he says. But Darwin’s stated reasons in the Autobiography, that he Read More…

And atheists and agnostics?

Obama has said, in his speech in Cairo: The Holy Koran tells us: “O mankind! We have created you male and a female; and we have made you into nations and tribes so that you may know one another.” The Talmud tells us: “The whole of the Torah is for the purpose of promoting peace.” Read More…

What is an Agnostic? by Bertrand Russell

Bertrand Russell, a leading philosopher in his prime, was also a wonderful writer. And, it appears, many of my views were formed when I was but still Young in the Discipline of Philosophy by reading Russell. Here is an essay (stolen from here) from 1953, when I still was not, in which he expresses quite Read More…