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Bernard Lightman provides a reinterpretation of agnosticism and its relationship to science. He examines the epistemological basis of agnostics' learned ignorance, studying their core claim that "God is unknowable." To address this question, Professor Lightman reconstructs the theory of knowledge posited by Thomas Henry Huxley and his network of agnostics. In doing so, Lightman argues that agnosticism was constructed on an epistemological foundation laid by Christian thought. In addition to undermining the continuity in the intellectual history of religious thought, Lightman exposes the religious origins of agnosticism.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. New Copyright
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  1. Half Title
  2. p. i
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Dedication
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. Illustrations
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. Half Title1
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  1. Introduction: The Power of Modern Agnosticism
  2. pp. 1-5
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  1. Chapter One: The Agnostic Conundrum
  2. pp. 6-31
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  1. Chapter Two: Mansel and the Kantian Tradition
  2. pp. 32-67
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  1. Chapter Three: Herbert Spencer and the Worship of the Unknowable
  2. pp. 68-90
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  1. Chapter Four: Disillusionment with and Attack on Orthodoxy
  2. pp. 91-115
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  1. Chapter Five: Religion, Theology, and the Church Agnostic
  2. pp. 116-145
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  1. Chapter Six: The New Natural Theology and the Holy Trinity of Agnosticism
  2. pp. 146-176
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  1. Conclusion: The Tragedy of Agnosticism
  2. pp. 177-183
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. pp. 185-186
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 187-219
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  1. Bibliography
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781421430300
Related ISBN
9781421431413
MARC Record
OCLC
1123919307
Launched on MUSE
2019-10-17
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
Funder
Mellon/NEH / Hopkins Open Publishing: Encore Editions
Creative Commons
CC-BY-NC-ND
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