Agnosticism Beliefs

What is Agnosticism

The term Agnosticism is basically originated by the idea that the human mind cannot figure out phenomena which are beyond they have experienced. In simpler words, entity’s which have not come into existence in a certain experience cannot be explained or depicted by human beings. This first came into existence in 1869 when it was coined publicly at a meeting of the Metaphysical Society of London by a British biologist and a champion of the Darwinian theory of evolution named T.H Huxley. According to him, this term came into existence due to and related to his own position where a church Gnostic carried so much information knowing about so much that he did not know of.

Religious Agnosticism

If we speak about it religiously, based on the phenomena of not knowing the unknown, their main belief is that if God exists, and then there is no viable proof to show the existence of God and this further branches out to the different types of Agnostics.

  • Agnostic Theists: Their assumption is that God does exist but they also know that they have no compelling proof behind this and there is no evidence backing up this position.
  • Agnostic Atheists: This group of individuals does not believe in the existence of God but they do not have evidence or proof to show that God does not exist.
  • Pure Agnostics: This group of people does not believe in either of the former assumptions.

The Number of Agnostics around the World

This is not a very clearly defined religion and often people which are in this group are thought to “non-religious” due to which it is pretty difficult to gather accurate data regarding the number of people and it is also hard to obtain accurate statistics. Although the Worldmapper has statistical data gathered in the year 2005 and does not believe in the formerly mentioned concept and has listed the percentage of some of the top countries chronologically

1          Korea, N.         55.7%

2          China                41.5%

3          Czech Rep.      30.6%

4          Mongolia         30.2%

5          Uruguay          27.5%

6          Kazakhstan      26.3%

7          Latvia              25.4%

8          Belarus            24.6%

9          Estonia                        24.4%

10        Kyrgyzstan       21.5%

11        New Zealand  20.0%

12        Netherlands    19.0%

13        Cuba                18.7%

14        Moldova          18.6%

15        Germany         18.4%

16        Sweden           18.1%

17        Uzbekistan      18.1%

18        Russia             18.0%

19        France             15.4%

20        Australia         15.2%

21        Ukraine           13.4%

22        Albania            13.1%

23        Austria            13.1%

24        Italy                 12.8%

25        Vietnam          12.6%

26        Canada            12.3%

27        Tajikistan        12.2%

28        UK                   12.1%

29        Slovakia           11.6%

30        Serbia              11.1%

31        Lithuania         10.9%

32        Belgium          10.6%

33        Hong Kong       10.2%

34        Japan               10.2%

35        Azerbaijan       10.0%

36        Armenia          9.7%

37        USA                 9.7%

38        Switzerland     8.9%

39        Monaco           8.7%

40        Turkmenistan  8.7%

 

This approach faces this issue as this term is basically derived from Western academia due to which it is not quite clear when it comes to any place else as this term is not accurately understood elsewhere. In Eastern cultures, it is rather difficult to choose the term agnostic because their religions do not give them the choice of choosing between theism and atheism. There are although many non-religious people found then again they are found to lie in both the classes of atheism. Only the people who have studied Western philosophy and theology would choose the term “agnostic” for themselves as to the rest this term is not understood quite well. So we can conclude that the rates of agnostics are much more accurate in the Western countries as this particular concept is well understood by them. If they are non-religious they will use the term agnostic instead of the ones used in Eastern countries.

A Sensible and Honest Stance

As noted, Agnosticism carries great intellectual merit. This is due to its standing of admitting lack of knowledge to prove something rather than those who cannot admit not having enough facts to back up their choice. Many people although have not gone into the full depth of whether God exists or not due to which they use the term Agnosticism to describe their viewpoint regarding religion. It is also a rather “brave stance”. This is because people actually admit that they have not reached a correct conclusion to prove the existence of God yet without any shame or without the fear of breaking social norms. Many people, on the other hand, hide the lack of knowledge they have which lacks in backing up their beliefs.

So this is kind of a state where people need to gain more knowledge and evidence before they choose atheism or theism.