By Lesley Hazleton
A largely famous author on faith celebrates agnosticism because the so much brilliant, engaging—and finally the main honest—stance towards the mysteries of existence.
One in 4 american citizens reject any association with geared up faith, and approximately 1/2 these lower than thirty describe themselves as "spiritual yet no longer religious." yet because the airwaves resound with the haranguing of preachers and pundits, who speaks for the thousands who locate no pleasure in whittling the beauty of lifestyles to an easy yes/no choice?
Lesley Hazleton does. during this provocative, terrific booklet, she provides voice to the case for agnosticism, breaks it freed from its stereotypes as watered-down atheism or amorphous "seeking," and celebrates it as a reasoned, revealing, and maintaining stance towards lifestyles. Stepping over the traces imposed by means of inflexible conviction, she attracts on philosophy, theology, psychology, technology, and extra to discover, with interest and fervour, the important position of poser in a deceptively information-rich global; to invite what we suggest by means of the quest for that means; to invoke the humbling but elating standpoint of infinity; to problem bought rules approximately dying; and to re-evaluate what "the soul" should be. encouraged and encouraging, Agnostic recasts the query of trust now not as an issue to be solved yet as a call for participation to an ongoing, open-ended event of the brain.
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But do not let us go too fast here. The Moral Law does not give us any grounds for thinking that God is ‘good’ in the sense of being indulgent, or soft, or sympathetic. There is nothing indulgent about the Moral Law. It is as hard as nails. It tells you to do the straight thing and it does not seem to care how painful, or dangerous, or difﬁcult it is to do. If God is like the Moral Law, then He is not soft. It is no use, at this stage, saying that what you mean by a ‘good’ God is a God who can forgive.
Now I go on to the next big division. People who all believe in God can be divided according to the sort of God they believe in. There are two very different ideas on this subject. One of them is the idea that He is beyond good and evil. We humans call one thing good and another thing bad. But according to some people that is merely our human point of view. These people would say that the wiser you become the less you would want to call anything good or bad, and the more clearly you would see that everything is good in one way and bad in another, and that nothing could have been different.
But the standard that measures two things is something different from either. You are, in fact, comparing them both with some Real Morality, admitting that there is such a thing as a real Right, independent of what people think, and that some people’s ideas get nearer to that real Right than others. Or put it this way. If your moral ideas can be truer, and those of the Nazis less true, there must be something—some Real Morality—for them to be true about. The reason why your idea of New York can be truer or less true than mine is that New York is a real 13 mere christianity place, existing quite apart from what either of us thinks.
Agnostic: A Spirited Manifesto by Lesley Hazleton