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Why Are There So Few Agnostics?

  • John Shore
    Besides here on Crosswalk, John blogs on JohnShore.com.
  • 2009 Jan 28
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What a great question! (And one that I'm answering here rather than on Ask Mr. Answers because it's a religious question.) Thanks for asking it, leftist media hippie Brian Shields!

For the record: based on the lack of conclusive evidence either way, agnostics claim to simply not know if there's a God. Atheists flat-out say there isn't a God.

Okay, so why aren't there more agnostics? Without question agnosticism is the most logical position to take relative to the question of God. (See my There's No Arguing It: We Can't KNOW If There's A God or Not.) We all think of ourselves as rational, logical beings, right? So then why are so few of us agnostic?

The reason is because the core truth of agnosticism is in direct contradiction to the core truths of the Actual Life lived by everyone in the world. Agnosticism and reality go together like wax fruit and a hearty appetite. Agnosticism is all about doubt, about being uncertain about what it is, ultimately, that rules or determines life. But the things that actually do rule and determine everyone's life couldn't possibly be more certain or clear. Take death, for instance. Talk about a firm, concrete reality. Death is as definite as it gets. As is being sick. As is being pregnant. As is having rickets.

Family. Stress. Joy. Taxes. Hunger. Getting evicted. Falling in love. Losing your job. Getting cut off on the freeway. Tripping on the sidewalk. A dog attacking your ankles. All of our lives are utterly dominated by real, physical, unavoidable, universal facts and truths.

It's all very real stuff. Real stuff brings up real questions. And real questions need real answers.

"I don't know" isn't an answer people can use. It doesn't help them with anything.

Agnosticism = Ambiguity.

Actual, Physical Life = The ultimate in unambiguous.

Bad match.


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