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Ignosticism or igtheism is the idea that every theological position assumes too much about the concept of God and other theological concepts.[1]

Some philosophers have seen ignosticism as a variation of agnosticism or atheism,[2] whereas others have considered it to be distinct.


Ignosticism and theological noncognitivism are generally synonymous,[3] but the relationship of ignosticism to other nontheistic views is less clear. While Paul Kurtz finds the view to be compatible with both weak atheism and agnosticism,[4] other philosophers consider ignosticism to be distinct.

The term ignosticism was coined in the 1960s by Sherwin Wine, a rabbi and a founding figure of Humanistic Judaism. The term igtheism was coined by the secular humanist Paul Kurtz in his 1992 book The New Skepticism.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ McLaren, Brian D. (2009). Finding Faith---A Search for What Makes Sense. Zondervan. p. 76. ISBN 9780310858744. Retrieved 24 April 2015. 
  2. ^ "The Argument From Non-Cognitivism". Retrieved 2008-02-11. 
  3. ^ Conifer, Theological Noncognitivism: "Theological noncognitivism is usually taken to be the view that the sentence 'God exists' is cognitively meaningless."
  4. ^ Kurtz, New Skepticism, 220: "Both [atheism and agnosticism] are consistent with igtheism, which finds the belief in a metaphysical, transcendent being basically incoherent and unintelligible."
  5. ^ "isms of the week: Agnosticism and Ignosticism". The Economist. 2010-07-28. Retrieved December 19, 2011. 


External links[edit]

  • The dictionary definition of ignosticism at Wiktionary