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B . The Agnostic Dogma

By definition, an agnostic9 is a person who believes that the nature of God is unknown, and probably unknowable.10

This dogma contrasts with the definition of an atheist, who believes with some certainty that no God exists,11 in any way, shape, or form, either within or outside of the universe, and also contrasts with numerous more traditional religions which believe in the existence of one or more specifically identified gods which each particular religion believes to exist and usually worships in one form or another. By definition, all believers in the Agnostic Church will believe that the nature of God is unknown, and probably unknowable, and by holding that belief, those persons are agnostics. Present scientific evidence favors the existence of God. The atheist thus has absolutely no foundation for an assertion that God does not exist. Also, science has destroyed so many of the concepts preached in favor of the God of Abraham (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) that modern believers must now accept that most of their holy writings are merely a collection of parables, allegories, and history lessons. Speaking as a Westerner, it is difficult to predict the Hindu and Buddhist reactions to agnostic attempts at conversions, but the remaining great religions should not present much difficulty in winning conversions to the Agnostic Dogma.

9 The word "agnostic" was coined by Thomas Henry Huxley [1825-1895], who intended it to be the antithesis of "gnostic" (used in the sense of the definition "of, relating to, or characterized by knowledge or cognition : INTELLECTUAL, KNOWING"), and it represents a personal statement by him that he did not know the truth about God and did not expect to ever know the truth about God. A key quotation of his is: "The only medicine for suffering, crime, and all the other woes of mankind is wisdom." (Science and Education [1868], Chapter 4.)

10 The unknown nature of God includes any specification of whether God is singular or plural, and thus believers in the Agnostic Church may not truly be classified as either monotheistic (singular God) or polytheistic (multiple Gods).

11 An agnostic, on the other hand, believes that some God exists, even if God must be invented by man "out of whole cloth." If the ultimate result of seeking God is that no traces of God may be found, then at a minimum God shall be deemed to be the Great Idea of God, invented to serve mankind by being God. It surely seems that people cannot form a civilized society in which God and religion are totally absent, and thus true atheists can never be deemed as truly civilized. Another aspect of this concept is that individuals will tend to not behave as civilized individuals unless they recognize the authority of some "higher power" other than themselves, and that "higher power" is God, if for no other reason, then at least for that usage itself.

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