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agnosticism


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Agnosticism  \Ag*nos"ti*cism\,  n. 
  That  doctrine  which  professing  ignorance,  neither  asserts 
  nor  denies.  Specifically:  (Theol.)  The  doctrine  that  the 
  existence  of  a  personal  Deity,  an  unseen  world,  etc.,  can  be 
  neither  proved  nor  disproved,  because  of  the  necessary  limits 
  of  the  human  mind  (as  sometimes  charged  upon  Hamilton  and 
  Mansel),  or  because  of  the  insufficiency  of  the  evidence 
  furnished  by  physical  and  physical  data,  to  warrant  a 
  positive  conclusion  (as  taught  by  the  school  of  Herbert 
  Spencer);  --  opposed  alike  dogmatic  skepticism  and  to 
  dogmatic  theism. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  agnosticism 
  n  1:  a  religious  orientation  of  doubt;  a  denial  of  ultimate 
  knowledge  of  the  existence  of  God;  "agnosticism  holds 
  that  you  can  neither  prove  nor  disprove  God's  existence" 
  2:  the  disbelief  in  any  claims  of  ultimate  knowledge  [syn:  {skepticism}, 
  {scepticism}] 




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