Agnosticism Essay

520 WordsAug 31, 20133 Pages
Agnosticism is identified to be a denial of ultimate knowledge towards the life of god. Which means that an agnostic individual can neither prove nor disprove god’s existence. Agnosticism is a valid position to take in the debate between faith and reason, as they are both influences in which personal beliefs can be portrayed and expressed. An issue regarding the relationship between faith and reason is to distinguish how the influences of both interrelate to create a religious belief towards the existence of god. An agnostic individual is skeptical about this matter but have not entirely dismissed religion and god’s true existence overall. This essay will explore the period of enlightenment and it will uncover the concepts of creationism and evolution with the influences of science and religion. The online video Q&A (2013) expresses the idea that agnosticism does not take as strong as a position as atheism, as atheism is one’s belief in evolution and science. An atheist dismisses or doubts the existence of a higher being such as god. The period of Enlightenment was a movement to improve society through reason and faith and to advance understanding through science. It was a period that encouraged the use of scientific movement and skepticism towards beliefs. Kant (1784) came to know Enlightenment as a ‘man’s emergence from his self-imposed immaturity.’ Therefore being unable to come to an understanding without control from another person. This article questions if in this century we are still living in the enlightened period where we gain our beliefs from the view of others around us. Dawkins (2009) believed that god had no direct influence in the creation of humans because evolution is the reason humans exist but before 1859 it was truly believed that the conception of life was all gods creation. Many individuals now believe in this century that ‘god is not

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