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  1. […] So it is not what one believes or remains uncertain about that distinguishes an agnostic. Huxley has not defined an agnostic as someone who is uncertain whether God exists. An agnostic in Huxley’s sense could believe in God, disbelieve in God, or remain uncertain of God’s existence, all depending upon where he thinks the evidence lies. For example, Flew became a deist on the basis of evidence, and I used to be a Christian on the basis of evidence. I would say that I was always an agnostic, and Flew remained an agnostic after becoming a deist. What made us agnostics was the understanding that belief should be grounded in evidence. Rather than disagreeing over agnosticism, what we did disagree on since his conversion to deism is what counts as adequate evidence for God’s existence. Unlike Flew, I remain unconvinced of God’s existence, and I don’t consider the evidence he has cited as sufficient.2 […]

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