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Agnosticism is a term coined by Darwinian biologist Thomas Henry Huxley in 1869, to describe the belief that man cannot know if god or gods exist or not. It is considered closely related to atheism in practice, but is generally less radically critical of religions, on the condition that religion is not compulsory or imposed on them. The word agnostic derives from Greek agnostos meaning "unknown, unknowable". It was coined by Huxley as an antithesis to Gnosticism, a movement which claimed to have profound knowledge of god.

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