The belief that it is not possible to know if there is or is not a God.  (Compare with atheism that says there is no God, deism that says there is a God but he is not involved in the world, and theism which states that there is a God and he is involved in the world.)  Agnosticism asserts the uncertainty of knowing if God exists.

The term was used by Thomas Huxley (1825-1895) to describe the inability to know many areas of knowledge, but has come to be associated most with the uncertainty of knowing God's existence.

Some consider agnosticism to be a category within atheism since agnostics, like atheists, do not affirm the existence of a god or gods while others consider it a middle ground between atheism (God does not exist) and theism (God exists as in active in the world).


About The Author

Matt Slick is the President and Founder of the Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry.