Agnosticism is a belief that knowledge of the existence or non-existence of God is impossible. It is often put forth as a middle ground between theism and atheism. Understood this way, agnosticism is skepticism regarding all things theological. The agnostic may generally hold that human knowledge is limited to the natural world -- that the mind is incapable of knowledge of the supernatural.

From a Christian perspective, some would see agnosticism as a denial, like atheism, since natural revelation reveals to all, Christian or not, that there is a God, and special revelation, i.e. God's Word in the Bible, reveals the particular Christian, Triune God.

The term agnostic was apparently coined by T. H. Huxley (1825-1895),^[1]^ who took his cue from humanist Enlightenment thinkers David Hume (1711-1776) and Immanuel Kant (1724-1804).

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  1. ? Thomas Huxley, Collected Essays, Vol. 5, pp. 237-239, ISBN 1-85506-922-9

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