I can't help but think that the agnostic, at the end of the day, reads all the great old books that dwelt on all the great questions self-aware man has posed to himself, and shrugs. He acknowledges mystery but does not seem to care about the source of that mystery, or even if he is responding to something "real" when curious moments of spiritual transcendence actually occur. There is, of course, a certain sanity in this response -- at the least he won't end up an ideologue. I wouldn't mind having an agnostic for my neighbor. Yet all this seems to amount to a form of evasion. Its a form of studied non-observance.
The non-fundamentalist Christian experiences doubt within the framework of faith, and above all hope.
Sunday, November 7, 2010
One of Andrew Sullivan's readers ponders the differences between agonistics and "non-fundamentalist" Christians: