In view of my series about Christian fundamentalim, I wanted to republish my view on agnosticism.
I want to know that I'm totally accepting all faiths, IF and only IF, by becoming religions usually, they become a mean to oppress people, deny them of their freedom, incite abuse on family, relative or other people in the name of faith.
In one sentence. Practice what you want but don't try to impose it on other, especially by force.
Why I’m an agnostic
For years, I have been a believer. Christian, Reformed Protestant. Going
to church regularly, praying, and reading the Bible. I also studied
seriously many sacred books from different religions: Buddhism,
Hinduism, Judaism, Islam, and a few others. And then around 50, I became
I lost faith. Not because of hardships in life, even if I had my share,
to say the least, but because I realised that I was illogical.
Now don’t get me wrong. I have the utmost respect for the people who
have faith in a god, or, for atheists, who, in my opining have a faith
themselves. (the faith that there is no god). Whatever they believe, it
is their choice and who would I be to criticize them. But for me, it
does not work like that. It is totally personal, and I don’t look upon
on people who do not share the same idea.
First of all what is agnosticism
agnosticism, (from Greek agnōstos, “unknowable”), strictly speaking,
the doctrine that humans cannot know of the existence of anything beyond
the phenomena of their experience. The term has come to be equated in
popular parlance with scepticism about religious questions in general
and in particular with the rejection of traditional Christian beliefs
under the impact of modern scientific thought.
This is the accepted definition of agnosticism. Personally, I differ
quite a lot from this definition, as I do not know if the existence or
non-existence of god(s) is unknowable. We may, in the future, come with
an answer to this question, even if I find it doubtful.
Why I became an agnostic
The reason why I became an agnostic is about intellectual honesty. I
cannot assure that there is or there isn’t a god. It is all about
belief, and I cannot hold a belief as a certainty.
I did in the past, relying on my heart, on my beliefs, and probably on
my education. But now, it is just impossible. This is why I lost my
faith. Not because I’m disgruntle or bitter about god, or because I
believe « He » does not exist. Just because I realised that I would be
unreasonable in asserting the fact of the existence of a higher power.
I am even going further questioning reality. It’s a fascinating idea
that, luckily does not stopped me from sleeping at night or living a
This is not a comfortable position. That’s for sure. It would be
definitely easier for me to get comfort in the belief that a god exists,
or doe not. Why am I calling atheism a faith? that’s simple, the
atheists believe there is no god, as the theists believe there is one.
This is not pertaining to reason but to beliefs. Bring me one theist or
one atheist who can prove me they are right and I might change my mind. I
am still waiting to meet one.
Of course, Christians, for example, will tell you they have the Bible to
prove it, but the Muslims will say the same thing with the Koran,and
the Hindus with the Baghavad Gita and so on, and the atheists will claim
that these books are man made and not divinely inspired. So who is
right? Nobody.! They all have their belief, and their beliefs do not
pertain to reason. I’m not saying they are wrong to think as they do.
It’s their life and their problem I just say it does not works for me
Now let’s be clear. The sacred books have a definite interest.
Historical, philosophical, sociological. The messages of the Torah,
Christ, Mahomet, Krishna, Buddha etc., convey some very good ideas.
Mainly about peace and respect of others - when it is not distorted by
religious people to prove they are the chosen ones and that the
unbelievers have to live by their laws - but according to reason, it
remains books, written by human beings, some of them wise, some of them
fools, and some of them acting for political reasons. Are they divinely
inspired? Maybe. If there is a god of course! We come back to the same
Agnosticism in the life of the city
The regimes in theocratic or atheist governments, or wannabe , have
always become more or less dictatorial and antidemocratic. This is one
reason I think that agnosticism is what should be a standard in
governing a state. It does not negate religion, everyone is entitled to
his own beliefs, but these beliefs should not be enforced on the
community. Live and let live as long as it dos not infer on the freedom
This is not easy. We have seen that in France with the debate on the
Muslim veil in schools. I am not sure what to think of it. Should
teenagers be allowed to wear a veil at school, as long as it does not
infer with their education or the freedom of others? I think so. But we
again come back to a matter of reason and balance between the secular
and the religious.
Science versus religion
Contrary to religion, science is, or should be, an attempt to
demonstrate truths about the universe by a logical process. Theory,
experimentation, and return to theory. I say an attempt for obvious
reasons. Man is not and has never been completely able to be always
right as his knowledge is in perpetual evolution, and I’m not talking
about scientists motivated by politics, theism or atheism. Lysenko and
Kepler are perfect example. I’m not comparing them of course. On the
contrary religion, theist or atheist tends to adapt scientific facts to
their beliefs often twisting the truths to fit in. Evolution vs
creationism for instance. Stricts atheist will say that evolution proves
the inexistence of god, and Christian theists that creationism is right
because it is in the Bible. In fact, evolution theory, (that seems to
be scientifically established but has to be perfected) does not
demonstrate the inexistence of an intelligent design. What I believe
about this subject is irrelevant to this discussion. In fact I just
don’t know if there is a creator or not
Taking agnosticism even further. What is real?
this takes us back to the subject of agnosticism. Always challenge facts
that you can’t demonstrate scientifically or logically. This can leads
to the extreme. Challenging everything. For instance, what is reality?
Obviously, what I see, hear, smell, touch or taste is not the same that
someone else will experience. It can go even further. Time for instance
is different for everyone. The notion of time itself can be, and is by
some scientists, considered as irrelevant. (hours, minutes, seconds, etc
is totally subjective. Man made to suit our needs).
And to conclude let’s ponder a moment on these ideas:
Could we not be the dream of someone else who wakes up when we die? Inside the Matrix? Or the experiment of a mad scientist?
This, my friends, has no answer yet!