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Is there an Agnostic Bible?

from Joe Brady

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I was just wondering if there is an "Agnostic Bible". Or is there any publication that you suggest to someone interested?

After years of being forcefed Christianity by my family, I've decided to make up my own mind about religion and whether or not there is a God. And after reading this site, it pretty much goes with what I'm thinking. Thanks for your time.

The Patriarch replies:


Thank you for writing and I am glad you find this web site interesting.

I am not a believer in the need for an Agnostic Bible. After all, at its most basic, agnosticism can be summed up in the statement "I do not know whether or not there is a god." That view can be extended in various ways. One such attempt is our three Articles of Faith, but you do not have to accept those extensions to be an agnostic. I don't think it takes a book to tell a person how to be a good agnostic. It takes one sentence.

Regardless, there used to be an Agnostic Bible at The Agnostic Church. I personally did not agree with some of the material contained therein. In any event, the site is currently down (February 2006), though as a result of your question I have sent a message to the site owner asking him when he expects to be back up. Perhaps if you check it in a month or so, the site will be restored. (As of November 2009, the site has been added to our archive.)

If you are interested in writings beyond what is on the Apathetic Agnostic site, I recommend you consider one or more of the CD-Roms from the Bank of Wisdom. Four recommendations are The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, An Introduction to Freethought The Religion of Freedom, Facts of Freethought, and Freethought and the Bible. Each provides an extensive library of classic texts at a fraction of the price of purchasing the individual books.

For a focus on ethics and morality, consider the recommendations in Reflection 49 - A reading list.

Best wishes