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Mark Vernon, How to be an Agnostic:

 

«If God-talk can avoid getting hung up on 'proofs', then it can become a way of critiquing human knowledge, of reflecting on the human condition. Examining what people take to be divine is valuable because it reminds them that they are made lower than gods and that aspirations to god-like knowledge will remain just that - aspirations. Then, if this can be stomached, the attitude it nurtures itself becomes a valuable source of insight. With such humility, the vain attempt to 'overcome' is ditched, and the challenge to understand is taken on. And this, in turn, is what makes life worthwhile. It produces the best kind of human beings, people who are not merely ignorant, but recognise the ways in which they are. To this extent, they become wise and lovers of wisdom. To put it another way, the unexamined life is not worth living, negatively because it would be deluded, and positively because examining all those other things in life - character, intuition, friendships, loves and fundamentally 'who am I?' - gives life shape and meaning.»

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