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Sashimi Boy
post Dec 8 2005, 05:34 AM
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I read this in BWorld the other day and I want to share it here. Too many Ateneans begin thinking like this just a few years out of HS or college. I'm not out for a fight, people. Just read the article and consider its arguments. (IMG:http://atenista.net/forums/style_emoticons/default/smile.gif)


Fr. Roy Cimagala
December 6, BusinessWorld

...Basically, agnositicism is the attitude or belief that one cannot be sure that God really exists. There may be a God, and because of this, there may be some absolute truths, but these cannot be known for sure.

This is how the Catechism describes it:

"Agnosticism assumes a number of forms. In certain cases, the agnostic refrains from denying God. Instead, it postulates the existence of a transcendent being which is incapable of revealing itself, and about which nothing can be said.

"In other cases, the agnostic makes no judgement about God's existence declaring it impossible to prove, or even affirm or deny.

Still more: "Agnosticism can sometimes include a certain search for God, but it can equally express differentism, a flight from the ultimate question of existence, and a sluggish moral conscience.

"Agnosticism is all too often equivalent to practical atheism.

The danger of this mentality is that it brings one to the road of relativism. Everything can be held to be more or less okay. The ultimate deciding factor is simply one's personal judgement, without any objective, universal criteria to guide him.

Agnosticism is clearly against the nature of man. who, with his intellect and will, is capable of knowing the infinite, of knowing absolute truths, and of knowing and loving God.

No matter how imperfect this capability in a person, it already makes one open to the transcendent. He is not invincibly confined to the here and now, to the material and temporal. He can know God. He can know absolute truths.

Agnosticism takes place when one does not make any serious effort to use his spiritual faculties of intellect and will properly. Instead of focusing on God, these are focused on some purely material and human things.

This, in turn, can have many explanations. There could be an element of some human weakness and limitation that is left uncorrected, or laziness, or worse, pride, especially intellectual pride, or being dominated by vices or malice, etc.

In the practical side, it comes when one fails to pray, and to develop a truly personal relationship with God. This is true especially with many nominal Christians. They fail to contemplate God even as they work or play.

It is in these areas where solutions to agnositicism can be devised and implemented. We need to come out with effective strategies to tackle the ever present threat of agnosticism in our midst.

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