agnosticism (ăgnŏs´tĬsĬzəm), form of skepticism that holds that the existence of God cannot be logically proved or disproved. Among prominent agnostics have been Auguste Comte, Herbert Spencer, and T. H. Huxley (who coined the word agnostic in 1869). Immanuel Kant was an agnostic who argued that belief in divinity can rest only on faith. Agnosticism is not to be confused with atheism, which asserts that there is no God.

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Agnosticism: Selected full-text books and articles

FREE! Agnosticism By Robert Flint William Blackwood and Sons, 1903
Thomas Henry Huxley By William Irvine Longmans, Green, 1960
Taking Disbelief out of the Closet By Dershowitz, Alan M Free Inquiry, Vol. 19, No. 3, Summer 1999
Infidels and Heretics: An Agnostic's Anthology By Clarence Darrow; Wallace Rice Stratford, 1929
A Kernel of Doubt By Goody, J Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, Vol. 2, No. 4, December 1996
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Can Agnosticism Improve American Public Life? By Kezirian, Richard Free Inquiry, Vol. 21, No. 4, Fall 2001
George Holmes Howison, Philosopher and Teacher: A Selection from His Writings, with a Biographical Sketch By George Holmes Howinson; John Buckham Wright; George Malcolm Stratton University of California Press, 1934
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