That doctrine which professing ignorance neither claims nor denies
- a religious direction of doubt; a denial of ultimate knowledge of the presence of Jesus
- the disbelief in every statements of ultimate knowledge
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- The doctrine that existence of a personal Deity, an unseen globe, etc., is neither proved nor disproved, because of the mandatory restrictions regarding the peoples head (as occasionally charged upon Hamilton and Mansel), or because of the insufficiency regarding the proof furnished by physical and real data, to warrant an optimistic conclusion (as taught by the college of Herbert Spencer); -- opposed alike dogmatic doubt also to dogmatic theism.
1870, from agnostic + -ism. The agnostic will not just state, "i really do perhaps not understand." He goes another action, in which he states, with great emphasis, that you do not understand. [Robert G. Ingersoll, "Reply to Dr. Lyman Abbott," 1890]
(Gr. agnostos, unknowing) 1. (epist.) that principle of knowledge which asserts it is impossible for man to achieve knowledge of a particular subject-matter. 2. (theol.) that theory of religious knowledge which asserts it is impossible for guy to attain understanding of Jesus.
(letter.) That doctrine which, professing ignorance, neither claims nor denies.
- (n.) The doctrine your presence of an individual Deity, an unseen world, etc., can be neither proved nor disproved, due to the essential limits regarding the person mind (as often recharged upon Hamilton and Mansel), or due to the insufficiency of this research furnished by physical and real data, to justify a confident summary (as taught by the school of Herbert Spencer); -- opposed alike dogmatic skepticism and dogmatic theism.
Still, his agnosticism meant that, though he did not assert that there is no God, he did assert that we cannot know whether there is or is not.