No one seems quite sure what to do with agnostics. In a sense, they are the odd cousins at the theological family reunion. The atheists and the theists know where they stand, but the agnostics? Who knows?

Writing recently at Slate.com, Ron Rosenbaum suggests that perhaps the time has come for a “new agnosticism” to match wits with the “New Atheists,” such as Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris, and Christopher Hitchens. It’s time for a “revivified agnosticism,” Rosenbaum argues. As he says, their T-shirts will read simply, “I just don’t know.”

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HT: (AL Mohler)

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About Chuck Mullis

I am the husband of Valerie and the father of Russell & Hannah. I am a self-employed contractor living in rural North Carolina as well as an ordained Southern Baptist Minister serving Living Water Baptist Church.

3 responses »

  1. theologigal says:

    That article was very interesting. Before I was a believer I was agnostic, and still struggle sometimes with the idea that having such certainty in what I believe now is maybe arrogant since, like Rosenbaum says, there isn’t enough tangible evidence either way.

    But I appreciated Mohler’s response:
    “A first principle of the Christian faith is the fact that special revelation is necessary in order to have any adequate certainty on these questions. Prior to this, the Christian worldview affirms that God has implanted the knowledge of himself in nature. In both forms of revelation, God sets the terms for his own knowability.”

    I know in my own life how God has revealed Himself to me. You can argue science or philosophy or logic forever, but if God hasn’t chosen to reveal Himself to you then you’re going to keep running in those circles until you get tired and give up and say, “I just don’t know”. Agnosticism gives off a facade of being humble, but it’s really just as arrogant as anything else.

  2. Chuck Mullis says:

    Theologigal – Thank you for your comments. I often think about how absurd our beliefs may sound to non believers but without revelation from the Holy Spirit they are not possible. As Christians we have the tendency to become a bit arrogant and pious, so it is a struggle to have the attitude of Christ. I enjoyed your site. Keep it up!

  3. slamdunk says:

    Interesting article.

    From listening to the debates involving these folks, I am not sure if Dawkins, Harris, and Hitchens have much credibility left.

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