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Agnostic - A Spirited Manifesto

Lesley Hazleton

"Vital" -The New York Times Book Review "Provocative…[Hazleton] paddles the river of doubt with energy and exuberance." -The Seattle Times A widely admired writer on religion celebrates agnosticism as the most vibrant, engaging-and ultimately the most honest-stance toward the mysteries of existence. One in four Americans reject any affiliation with organized religion, and nearly half of those under thirty describe themselves as "spiritual but not religious." But as the airwaves resound with the haranguing of preachers and pundits, who speaks for the millions who find no joy in whittling the wonder of existence to a simple yes/no choice? Lesley Hazleton does. In this provocative, brilliant book, she gives voice to the case for agnosticism, breaks it free of its stereotypes as watered-down atheism or amorphous "seeking," and celebrates it as a reasoned, revealing, and sustaining stance toward life. Stepping over the lines imposed by rigid conviction, she draws on philosophy, theology, psychology, science, and more to explore, with curiosity and passion, the vital role of mystery in a deceptively information-rich world; to ask what we mean by the search for meaning; to invoke the humbling yet elating perspective of infinity; to challenge received ideas about death; and to reconsider what "the soul" might be. Inspired and inspiring, Agnostic recasts the question of belief not as a problem to be solved but as an invitation to an ongoing, open-ended adventure of the mind.

"Vital" -The New York Times Book Review "Provocative…[Hazleton] paddles the river of doubt with energy and exuberance." -The Seattle Times A widely admired writer on religion celebrates agnosticism as the most vibrant, engaging-and ultimately the most honest-stance toward the mysteries of existence. One in four Americans reject any affiliation with organized religion, and nearly half of those under thirty describe themselves as "spiritual but not religious." But as the airwaves resound with the haranguing of preachers and pundits, who speaks for the millions who find no joy in whittling the wonder of existence to a simple yes/no choice? Lesley Hazleton does. In this provocative, brilliant book, she gives voice to the case for agnosticism, breaks it free of its stereotypes as watered-down atheism or amorphous "seeking," and celebrates it as a reasoned, revealing, and sustaining stance toward life. Stepping over the lines imposed by rigid conviction, she draws on philosophy, theology, psychology, science, and more to explore, with curiosity and passion, the vital role of mystery in a deceptively information-rich world; to ask what we mean by the search for meaning; to invoke the humbling yet elating perspective of infinity; to challenge received ideas about death; and to reconsider what "the soul" might be. Inspired and inspiring, Agnostic recasts the question of belief not as a problem to be solved but as an invitation to an ongoing, open-ended adventure of the mind.
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"Vital" -The New York Times Book Review "Provocative…[Hazleton] paddles the river of doubt with energy and exuberance." -The Seattle Times A widely admired writer on religion celebrates agnosticism as the most vibrant, engaging-and ultimately the most honest-stance toward the mysteries of existence. One in four Americans reject any affiliation with organized religion, and nearly half of those under thirty describe themselves as "spiritual but not religious." But as the airwaves resound with the haranguing of preachers and pundits, who speaks for the millions who find no joy in whittling the wonder of existence to a simple yes/no choice? Lesley Hazleton does. In this provocative, brilliant book, she gives voice to the case for agnosticism, breaks it free of its stereotypes as watered-down atheism or amorphous "seeking," and celebrates it as a reasoned, revealing, and sustaining stance toward life. Stepping over the lines imposed by rigid conviction, she draws on philosophy, theology, psychology, science, and more to explore, with curiosity and passion, the vital role of mystery in a deceptively information-rich world; to ask what we mean by the search for meaning; to invoke the humbling yet elating perspective of infinity; to challenge received ideas about death; and to reconsider what "the soul" might be. Inspired and inspiring, Agnostic recasts the question of belief not as a problem to be solved but as an invitation to an ongoing, open-ended adventure of the mind.

Language:

English

Length:

4h 6m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

00:12


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

07:55


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

08:36


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

08:38


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:17


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:19


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

08:52


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

08:13


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

08:53


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:38


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:19


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:55


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:45


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

03:18


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:00


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:14


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:44


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:28


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:44


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:07


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

03:20


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:52


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:06


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:52


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:09


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:25


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:54


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:15


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:13


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:03


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:34


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:00


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:45


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

08:17


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

03:57


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:08


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:27


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:33


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:04


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

08:11


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

08:01


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

00:27