Uncertain faith

BBC News: God. Who knows?

With religion increasingly polarised, is there any benefit in not knowing if there is a higher power? Mark Vernon – an ex-vicar – explains why agnosticism is his creed.

"We are in a period of intense debate about religion. It seems there are believers, secularists and atheists – in their manifold varieties – arguing over their various concerns. Veils. Intelligent design v evolution. Ordaining gays and women. Contraception and Aids. But there is one voice that is squeezed out, partly because it can equivocate, partly because it tires of the tit-for-tat that the debate is so often reduced to. That is the agnostic. It is a position that interests me because I used to be a priest in the Church of England. Then, to cut a long story short, I left – and I left a confirmed atheist. After a while, I found unbelief as dissatisfying as full-blown Christianity. It seems to entail a kind of puritanism, as if certain areas of human experience must be put off-limits, for fear that they smack of religion. So I became an agnostic."

Interesting article and good comments, even though I disagree with the guy. His main argument is certainty vs. the unknown. Any belief system has to contend with some amount of unknown, as does science (wave, particle, or both?) and philosophy. I don’t think it invalidates Christianity that we don’t have all the answers, I don’t think it’s possible to have absolute certainty.


  1. It is a good article. I feel that Christianity is about faith and belief, based on truths, and I can live with that. *smile*

  2. I’ll have to wait to read the article, but I can understand the guy.

    For me, being able to get rid of the idea that absolute certainty was possible was a liberating experience. No, I’m not agnostic by any stretch; but it’s a relief not to feel the pressure to have all the answers and a joy to know that there are still mysteries to explore.

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