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Agnosticism: The Basics

By Psyche | January 13, 2004 | Leave a comment

The word ‘agnostic’ comes from the Greek agnostos meaning ‘unknown, unknowable’ (‘a’ meaning ‘without’, and ‘gnosis’ meaning ‘knowledge’). Therefore literally, agnostic means ‘without knowledge’, but tends to refer specifically to one who is ‘without knowledge of gods’. The term was coined by Thomas H. Huxley, a British scientist in the nineteenth century who believed only material things could be known with any precision. Continue reading