Comment: The Essence of Being Agnostic is not at all conneted to Atheism

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The Essence of Being Agnostic is not at all conneted to Atheism

In the original sense being agnostic is something that is very different than atheism as in a sense it can be said that most of the Christians are agnostics if we use the original meaning of the Greek based word which is a-gnostic, that is, a- "not" + gnostic "one who knows", "one who has higher knowledge of spiritual things". Gnostics, that is, gnostic christians were and are from the point of view of orthodox (right/true/correct belief)Christianity heretics and that means that actually all mainstream christians (Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox as Eastern Church Christians, Born-Again etc.) are agnostics, that is, not-gnostics,not Gnostic Christians. So actually atheist are not agnostics, or even "those who don't subscribe to religion" in general as most of the Christians are agnostics, not-gnostics.

To make this above train of thought possible one of course has to use the word agnostic in more original manner than we use the word 'agnostic' normally in our everyday speaking which is most of the time almost totally deaf to the root-meaning of the words. Most of the time we speak, but we don't really know at all what we are truly saying with the words that we are using. In order to grow out of our deafness we have to learn to listen to the words in their depth-dimension in our speaking, in our use of language. In order to do so we need to find a new relation to language in which our speaking is in a constant state of wonder, or as Maurice Merleau-Ponty says in his book "Phenomenology of Perception" that we gain an attitude in which "the linguistic and intersubjective world...causes us [to] wonder". (p. 189)

Of course from the gnostic christian point of view it could be argued in the opposite way than what I have just argued above that agnosticism has nothing to do with atheism and in this sense your point that "'agnostic' was just a less disive term for 'atheist', as both labels are used by those who don't subscribe to religion" would be true in a different way than you most probably meant it to be understood. In this opposite sense agnostics, that is, the mainstream/traditional/orthodox christians are actually atheists as they don't know God, they don't have the gnosis, that is, the experiential knowledge of God and the gnostics are true theists as they have this experiential knowledge (deeper knowledge) of God which gives them faith which is based on knowledge and not only on belief through the words of others like Jesus and St. Paul.

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