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Discussion 2 to Ask the Patriarch 151
Knowledge and Belief

by: JT

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I thought I had put the knowledge / belief issue to bed with Ask the Patriarch 86 and my two responses in the ensuing discussion. Agnosticism is about knowledge (or the lack thereof) rather than about belief.

But as an aside, we should be aware that the distinction between knowledge and belief, particularly with respect to religious issues is largely a Western concept. The distinction we make is incomprehensible in Islamic and animist cultures. And in some ways, the distinction seems incomprehensible to fundamentalist Christians.

I see no need for a statement about belief in the articles of faith. Those who have beliefs will not get past the second or third article.