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I saw, too, that from a certain point of view the stand of the agnostic is a right one.

His wife could not help the sudden thought, "But if we had had an infidel or agnostic son?"

He may remain a Monist, and nothing more; in which case he is an agnostic.

In the sense which would have made belief a solace and relief, I was agnostic.

But we are human souls, after all; and no one is an agnostic for the fun of it.

The world is not the same to the Christian theist and to the agnostic.

I have been sneered at as a "spiritualist," a "spook hunter," an "agnostic."

I am not saying Pendleton did not have, you understand; I am an agnostic on that subject.

He was an agnostic, but because he had been reared in the church he felt that he might as well be married in it.

He had by this time become what would now be called an agnostic.

WORD ORIGIN

1870, "one who professes that the existence of a First Cause and the essential nature of things are not and cannot be known" [Klein]; coined by T.H. Huxley (1825-1895), supposedly in September 1869, from Greek agnostos "unknown, unknowable," from a- "not" + gnostos "(to be) known" (see gnostic). Sometimes said to be a reference to Paul's mention of the altar to "the Unknown God," but according to Huxley it was coined with reference to the early Church movement known as Gnosticism (see Gnostic).

The adjective is first recorded 1870.

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