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The Varieties of Nonreligious ExperienceAtheism in American Culture$
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Jerome P. Baggett

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781479874200

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479874200.001.0001

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The Agnostic Root

The Agnostic Root

Being Open by Saying “I Don’t Know”

(p.168) 6 The Agnostic Root
The Varieties of Nonreligious Experience

Jerome P. Baggett

NYU Press

This chapter demonstrates how atheists acknowledge their unknowing about certain questions of human existence and, in so doing, present and even experience themselves as people who are exceptionally open to life’s mysteries in general; to a new way of living for which feelings of responsibility and gratitude are prominent features; and even to the reality of death, which, in light of their brevity, only serves to intensify their commitments to living responsible, grateful lives.

Keywords:   agnostic root, unknowing, open, mysteries, responsibility, gratitude, death

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