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Gnostic vs Agnostic

“Gnostic” and “agnostic” are words that have opposite meanings. These two words are generally referred to in religious contexts.

In a religious context, “gnostic” usually refers to one who possesses knowledge or one who seeks knowledge about God. “Agnostic” is just the opposite, and they are persons who have no knowledge about the existence of God.

“Gnosis” refers to “knowledge” in the Greek language, and so “gnostic” is all related to knowledge or some secret knowledge. They do think in an irrational way and do believe in some divine power. Agnostics are persons who think rationally and do not believe that there is some divine power.

It was Thomas Henry Huxley who first defined the term “agnostic.” He referred to the term “agnostic” in 1876 during one of his speeches at the meeting of the Metaphysical Society. According to Huxley, agnosticism was not a creed but a method of skeptical and evidence-based inquiry.
Some people refer the term “agnostic” to atheism. But this is not true. Agnosticism lies in between theism and atheism. According to atheists, they believe that there is no God. But according to an agnostic, he just believes that it could not be proved if there is a God and if there isn’t. For an agnostic, this is unexplainable. A gnostic person, though, cannot prove the existence of God but do believe in that divine power.

A gnostic person is one who claims to be 100 per cent sure of the existence of God. On the contrary, an agnostic person is only doubtful about the divine existence.

A gnostic person is one considered to be knowledgeable whereas an agnostic person is not considered to be knowledgeable especially in divine powers.

Summary:

1.In religious contexts, “gnostic” usually refers to one who possesses knowledge or one who seeks knowledge about God. “Agnostic” is just the opposite, and they are persons who have no knowledge about the existence of God.
2.Gnostic persons do think in an irrational way and do believe in some divine power. Agnostics are persons who think rationally and do not believe that there is some divine power.
3.A gnostic person is one who claims to be 100 per cent sure of the existence of God. On the contrary, an agnostic person is only doubtful about the divine existence.
4.It was Thomas Henry Huxley who first defined the term “agnostic.” He referred to the term “agnostic” in 1876 during one of his speeches at the meeting of the Metaphysical Society.


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  1. Man! It is like you read my mind! You seem to know a lot about this, like you wrote the book in it or something. I think that you could do with some pics to drive the message home a bit, but other than that, this is good blog. A wonderful read. I will definitely be back.

  2. Thank you to all that mystical jazz about agnostics (I have no evidence that this is not a religion, I suspend judgement). I learned a 15% increase of the misunderstood heresy: 1. as agnostic I’m to swear to deny revelations, i.e. “revealing” of gnosis in any phenomenon of any cult. 2. to judge decent conduct for myself without religion getting in the way. 3. I’m to accept that what’s in religious texts could be or not be pointing out history based on other cults. 4. I’m not to believe that any divine Creator controls my life, furthermore I’m not supposed to believe a Creator exists. 5. I have to accept that gods and God are undetectable and whether they exist or not is uncertain, plus I should think it’s highly improbable. 6. I’m to accept that “how do you know the “right” religion?” based on my scepticism with knowledge that religious behaviour varies and lays no evidence of the truth though they convince themselves they have evidence. 7 finally, I’m supposed to think it’s irrational to follow a religion, to extend this conception I like to add it’s irrational to behave based on faith, I’m thus, along with feelings, supposed to behave and think based on logic and rely on the wisdom of others and I’m supposed to keep in mind a person’s wisdom can be questionable. In what way is agnostic not a religion? Like a religion I think what I’m taught to think and it has to be exactly right, is this even not even mysticism?

  3. Agnostics do not necessary disbelieve in God, they just cannot prove there is a God. I have agnostic friends who believe that God exists, He’s just distant and uninvolved in humanity.

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