By Lesley Hazleton
A extensively favourite author on faith celebrates agnosticism because the such a lot brilliant, engaging—and eventually the main honest—stance towards the mysteries of existence.
One in 4 american citizens reject any association with equipped faith, and approximately 1/2 these below thirty describe themselves as "spiritual yet now not religious." yet because the airwaves resound with the haranguing of preachers and pundits, who speaks for the hundreds of thousands who locate no pleasure in whittling the sweetness of lifestyles to an easy yes/no choice?
Lesley Hazleton does. during this provocative, wonderful e-book, she supplies voice to the case for agnosticism, breaks it freed from its stereotypes as watered-down atheism or amorphous "seeking," and celebrates it as a reasoned, revealing, and maintaining stance towards existence. Stepping over the traces imposed through inflexible conviction, she attracts on philosophy, theology, psychology, technology, and extra to discover, with interest and keenness, the important function of puzzle in a deceptively information-rich global; to invite what we suggest by way of the quest for that means; to invoke the humbling but elating point of view of infinity; to problem obtained principles approximately dying; and to reassess what "the soul" may be. encouraged and encouraging, Agnostic recasts the query of trust no longer as an issue to be solved yet as a call for participation to an ongoing, open-ended experience of the brain.
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