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Agnosticism and Angels

from: kleen

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Can you be Agnostic and still believe in Angels?

The Patriarch replies:

Kleen:

Agnosticism, in its simplest form[1], is a statement about what we know (and don't know) of the existence of a god.

Given that, it is possible to be an agnostic, and at the same time believe in angels, along with ghosts, an afterlife, and anything else supernatural.

In my opinion, the majority of agnostics (certainly not all) do not believe in supernatural entities, though they may not reject the possibility entirely.

As for me, I don't believe in literal angels. I have been known to use the word metaphorically.

Footnote:

  1. However, many dictionary definitions do rule out all aspects of the supernatural and this would mean angels are ruled out.