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A Very Short Introduction
by Robin Le Poidevin
Publisher:Oxford University Press (OUP)
Published:23 October 2010
One of the things I love about the short introduction series is that though they may be short they are not simple and this is certainly true of this one dealing with Agnosticism. This is a well thought out, reasoned and argued position on why the concept of Agnosticism is an acceptable, but not weak or easy, position in the discussion between theism and atheism. It is not, the author argues, a simple middle ground of indifference but instead an intellectual position of value and one which can as equally apply to the theist position as to the atheist. Indeed he even argues in a convincing way that one can in fact be at times an agnostic theist as agnosticism is not so much about simple doubt as about honestly accepting and realising that there are times when proof is not a determinable thing and that some doubt or understanding of an idea is feasible. Very much a philosophical look at the idea of agnosticism this book is well worth a read for anyone and most especially of interest is the section on page 46 entitled 'The presumption of atheism' which helps very much to clarify where problems may lie in the atheist/theist arguments as commonly witnessed in society and discussion today. A fantastic little book dealing with a really interesting subject from a lovely philosophical position of study.
Reviewer: Melanie Carroll (05/02/11)