Hazleton has a look at the nature of being religious including the origins of the word religion (tied down/constricted in the original Latin) and the established dichotomy (of which there are many where religion is concerned) of: ‘Religious? Why yes’ or ‘#*$% no!’ in a means to find room for her agnosticism alongside these two, rather than being equated to wishy-washy, non-committing doubt.
Hazleton looks at the religious and atheistic views on death (what makes us mortal or human), the soul (human vulnerability and coming out “the other side”) and the nature of God (a human representation of something much bigger) among other areas in establishing her stance on Agnosticism, apart from uncertainty and atheistic dogma.
Agnostic: a spirited manifesto confronts the threshold of uncertainty and encourages others to do the same rather than sidestep the issue of religion and remain uncertain. Interesting stuff!
Hazleton's prose is very easy and engaging and at a smidge over 200 pages, readily digestible. Highly recommended for everyone in the 'knowing, unknowing and ummm…' categories.
Title: Agnostic: a spirited manifesto
Author: Lesley Hazleton
Recommended by James W Māngere Bridge Library
James W is no agnostic but rather a believer in the library Gods and the power they have to tell when he’s reading what he should be shelving and when he's "checking" the "library" facebook page. Praise be.