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),^
^ who took his cue from humanist Enlightenment thinkers David Hume (1711-1776) and
Immanuel Kant (1724-1804).
- ? Thomas Huxley, Collected Essays, Vol. 5, pp. 237-239,