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C . The Universalist Dogma

By definition, the agnostic belief is a universalist12 belief.

This is true because, among other reasons, each agnostic will recognize the possibility that each belief system has some probability of being at least partially correct, and that each belief system has some contribution to make to the eventual understanding of the true nature of God, if that understanding is to ever be achieved by Man or any of his successors within this universe. Thus, the true agnostic believes that each person's belief system has some probability (however low) of being the true belief system, or in some way representative of the true belief system, and thus agnostics must strive to be inclusive of every strongly and rationally held belief system when formulating the policies which must guide society as a whole. The hope is that by following such policies, agnostics will eventually unify all individuals, as opposed to polarize them, and the unification of all individuals will result in the salvation (and/or holiness and/or happiness) of each of them. The concept of universalism is closely related to the Utilitarian Dogma,13 and thus the Universalist Dogma might not really be a separate dogma, but merely an aspect of that dogma. Nonetheless, there is no harm to stating it separately, so here it is.

12 The word "universalist" means primarily "one who believes in universalism," while the word "universalism" has a number of meanings, including "a theological doctrine that all men will eventually be saved or restored to holiness and happiness" and "an ethical theory that the good of all men should take precedence over that of an individual," both of which definitions clearly apply to the Agnostic Church.

13 The essence of the Utilitarian Dogma is a belief that moral choices ought to be governed by the concept of achieving "the greatest amount of happiness (or avoid[ing] the greatest amount of unhappiness), not only in the individual making the choice, but in all individuals affected by that choice."

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