One is a single agnostic. Two would be a pair of agnostics. Three or more
would be a gaggle of agnostics.
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Next question: What sort of agnostic is one?
"Strong agnosticism or positive agnosticism is the belief that it is
impossible for humans to know whether or not any deities exist. It is a
broader view than weak agnosticism, which states that the existence or
nonexistence of any deities is unknown but not necessarily unknowable.
Strong agnosticism is usually justified on the epistemological grounds that
humans can only experience the natural world and thus cannot know about
anything which may exist outside it, including deities. One criticism is
that this justification is only valid if deities are viewed as exclusively
supernatural beings, but to support such a view one must have at least some
knowledge of the nature of deities. The agnostic reply is, as the natural
world can be explained by science, the defining feature of any deity must be
Since strong agnosticism concerns knowledge and not necessarily belief
(depending on how "belief" and "knowledge" are defined), it may be
reconciled with theism (as in fideism) or weak atheism (as in agnostic
atheism). However, it cannot be reconciled with strong atheism, as strong
atheism makes a positive assertion that God does not exist, without the
possibility that God may exist and just be unknowable.
The viewpoint has also been described in a semi-humorous fashion as
"militant agnosticism", with the tagline "I don't know, and you don't
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