What is agnosticism Is it a belief, or merely the absence of belief Is it the result of too little thought about an issue or too much Who were the first to call themselves agnostics Does agnosticism deserve serious consideration today Can an agnostic live a religious life What place should agnosticism have in education These are just some of the questions that Robin Le Poidevin considers in this Very Short Introduction, as he sets the philosophical case for agnosticism and explores it as a historical and cultural phenomenon Agnosticism emerges here as a much sophisticated, and much interesting, attitude than a simple failure to either commit to, or reject, religious belief Le Poidevin challenges the common wisdom about agnosticism among both believers and atheists, and invites the reader to rethink their own position on the issues Indeed, in arguing in favor of agnosticism as a respectable position to take, this stimulating and provocative guide takes issue on many points with the assertions of prominent atheists such as Richard Dawkins....
|Title||:||Agnosticism: A Very Short Introduction|
|Publisher||:||Oxford University Press 1 edition November 19, 2010|
|Number of Pages||:||152 pages|
|File Size||:||870 KB|
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Agnosticism: A Very Short Introduction Reviews
It seems somewhat clear what an atheist is and a theist is if you ask the average person on the street. (Though how much that is worth will vary by person of course.) An atheist is a person who believes there is no God and a theist is a person who believes that there is a God. But what exactly then of a person who is not sure and not willing to make a commitment one way or the other? Such a person would be labeled an agnostic most likely. But is this an accurate definition? And don’t agnostics deserve to define themselves and their world view?
"Agnosticism: A Very Short Introduction" is an excellent starting point for those who have little to no knowledge of what Agnosticism is all about. In this concise book, Prof. Robin Le Poidevin provides a well-rounded view of Agnosticism, as well as a brief cursory glance at its history, and explains how Agnosticism, as a position in the argument over whether or not God exists, is not merely a "spineless" and indecisive compromise between Atheists and Theists (on a sliding scale), but a formidable position (not on a sliding scale) that considers the pros and cons of the arguments for belief or disbelief from both sides, as well as its own, and makes no conclusive or compulsory claims where the evidence obviously demands further investigation. He also puts forward reasonable arguments that show the plausibility of a conclusion that stands in favor of a particular claim about the existence of God then contrasts it with the plausibility of a conclusion that stands in opposition to a particular claim about the existence of God, while leaving it open-ended for the reader to consider, by further investigation, then arrive at their own conclusions, even if those conclusions are themselves open-ended.
The book ends in two fascinating chapters, and the culminating "Agnostic Manifesto" is an inspiring guide to leading a non-religious moral life.
"I do not deny. I do not know-but I do not believe." - Robert Ingersoll
O.K. BUT COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER WRITTEN
Awful, superficial, incomplete, poorly written pseudo-explanation of agnosticism. The author probably needs to review his beliefs and see if he really should include himself in this category. I know I didn't recognize him as someone who belongs to the club.