By Lesley Hazleton
A extensively well-known author on faith celebrates agnosticism because the such a lot brilliant, engaging—and finally the main honest—stance towards the mysteries of existence.
One in 4 americans reject any association with geared up faith, and approximately half these below thirty describe themselves as "spiritual yet now not religious." yet because the airwaves resound with the haranguing of preachers and pundits, who speaks for the hundreds of thousands who locate no pleasure in whittling the beauty of lifestyles to an easy yes/no choice?
Lesley Hazleton does. during this provocative, outstanding publication, she supplies voice to the case for agnosticism, breaks it freed from its stereotypes as watered-down atheism or amorphous "seeking," and celebrates it as a reasoned, revealing, and maintaining stance towards existence. Stepping over the traces imposed by means of inflexible conviction, she attracts on philosophy, theology, psychology, technological know-how, and extra to discover, with interest and keenness, the very important position of puzzle in a deceptively information-rich international; to invite what we suggest by way of the quest for that means; to invoke the humbling but elating standpoint of infinity; to problem got rules approximately loss of life; and to re-evaluate what "the soul" may be. encouraged and encouraging, Agnostic recasts the query of trust now not as an issue to be solved yet as a call for participation to an ongoing, open-ended event of the brain.
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As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us” (Psalm 103:10-12). Forgiveness is not automatic. If we want to be forgiven, we must recognize and repent of our sins: “He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy” (Proverbs 28:13). Forgiveness is established by our confession: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).
Many Christians who’ve gone to church all their adult lives (especially those under fifty) can’t recall having heard a single sermon on Heaven. It’s occasionally mentioned, but rarely emphasized, and almost never is it developed as a topic. We’re told how to get to Heaven, and that it’s a better destination than Hell, but we’re taught remarkably little about Heaven itself. Pastors may not think it’s important to address the subject of Heaven because their seminary didn’t have a required course on it—or even an elective.
They laugh and celebrate, turning cartwheels and popping firecrackers. Sometimes we’re like Lewis’s characters. We succumb to naturalistic assumptions that what we see is real and what we don’t see isn’t. God can’t be real, we conclude, because we can’t see him. And Heaven can’t be real because we can’t see it. But we must recognize our blindness. The blind must take by faith that there are stars in the sky. If they depend on their ability to see, they will conclude there are no stars. We must work to resist the bewitching spell of naturalism.
Agnostic: A Spirited Manifesto by Lesley Hazleton