Thoughts About Tolerant Agnostics

WHAT CLAY THOMPSON TAUGHT ME

Clay Thompson writes an off-the-wall column for the Arizona Republic newspaper every day — well, almost every day. A lot of it is question-and-answer stuff. I think he likes the stupid questions best because they give
him fodder for his brain. All this is on the Weather Page. Why, I don’t know, and I’ll bet he doesn’t either. Neither do his cruel masters in their tower. I laugh a lot during breakfast. It’s his fault.

Recently he brought up a subject that I took very seriously, mostly because I didn’t come up with it myself, but I believe in it now. He wrote about tolerant agnostics! I thought about it.

First, it’s a good idea to decide what you think the word agnostic means. Some scholars believe that it is half way between religion and atheism. Others refute this. My personal belief, and I reserve the right to make my own decisions, is that it is nonjudgmental. If the subject is religion, the agnostic person neither believes nor disbelieves in God. He doesn’t have a strong opinion either way, and that’s OK.

Think of your own friends. Which one is easy-going about others’ beliefs? Which one isn’t pushing his own beliefs on you? Does he or she fit the term tolerant agnostic? It’s easy to feel relaxed with them. Those are my favorite kinds of friends.

Hey, I’ve opened a can of worms, haven’t I?

Thanks, Clay.
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