(from Gk. for not to know). Term perhaps first used by T. H. Huxley* 1869 on the basis of Acts 17:23 and applied to the belief that certain knowledge in a particular field, (e.g., religion, or in gen. has not been attained. In religion, agnosticism holds that certain knowledge of the existence and nature of God and knowledge of immortality and of the supernatural world in gen. has not been reached and is unknowable or at least probably unknowable. Related to skepticism.* See also Spencer, Herbert.
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