Agnostic: A Spirited Manifesto by Lesley Hazleton

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Agnostic: A Spirited Manifesto Read Online Free - A widely admired writer on religion celebrates agnosticism as the most vibrant, engaging—and ultimately the most honest—stance toward the mysteries of existence.

One in four Americans reject any affiliation with organized religion, and nearly half of those under thirty describe themselves as “spiritual but not religious.” But as the airwaves resound with the haranguing of preachers and pundits, who speaks for the millions who find no joy in whittling the wonder of existence to a simple yes/no choice?

Lesley Hazleton does. In this provocative, brilliant book, she gives voice to the case for agnosticism, breaks it free of its stereotypes as watered-down atheism or amorphous “seeking,” and celebrates it as a reasoned, revealing, and sustaining stance toward life. Stepping over the lines imposed by rigid conviction, she draws on philosophy, theology, psychology, science, and more to explore, with curiosity and passion, the vital role of mystery in a deceptively information-rich world; to ask what we mean by the search for meaning; to invoke the humbling yet elating perspective of infinity; to challenge received ideas about death; and to reconsider what “the soul” might be. Inspired and inspiring, Agnostic recasts the question of belief not as a problem to be solved but as an invitation to an ongoing, open-ended adventure of the mind.

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ISBN : 1594634130
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 224 pages


Isla rated it ★★★★☆

April 30, 2016

A lovely meditation on appreciating ambiguity.

Jay R. rated it ★★★★☆

April 12, 2016

I thought Lesley Hazleton's book "Agnostic: A Spirited Manifesto" was a very refreshing read. A brilliantly and beautifully written book that will open wide the doors of perception, the mind, of the reader, leaving him or her with a different view of the world...a world with no boundaries and wit...

Juliet rated it ★★★★★

August 01, 2016

This thoughtfully written book is not here to change your views on spirituality. It is not here to try and convert you to agnosticism. It is here to explore the idea of agnosticism and to defend the view as something more than a "scapegoat". I would highly recommend this book to anyone with any d...

Stacey rated it ★☆☆☆☆

April 26, 2016

The book was slight. Wide margins, larger print, few original ideas, rather quotes from well-known thinkers with the author's thoughts on their ideas, plus personal anecdotes used to illustrate points which makes it less a "manifesto" and more a memoir.

Rose rated it ★★★★☆

May 17, 2016

interesting read if you have an open mind and are willing to ponder infinity and the universe

Evan rated it ★★★☆☆

September 02, 2017

I wanted more from this book. I read "spirited" in the title as "strong"-"manifesto" also made me expect a stronger explanation. She seems to equate "agnostic" with "mystical" and recommends that people revel in the mystery of the world.

Kasa rated it ★★★★☆

September 16, 2017

Nice to read anything on agnosticism at all, and Lesley is a lovely writer. I'd like something more... more, but this is fine.

Rod rated it ★★★★☆

April 15, 2016

Though I was questioning this book at first (I am growing a little tired of the predictable attacks on "The New Atheists"), this book quickly took a turn toward explaining agnosticism in a clear and profound way. If you thought agnostics were simply mediators between "believers" and "non-believer...

Travis rated it ★★★☆☆

March 29, 2016

Lesley Hazelton's book serves as a very concise, easy to read introduction on agnosticism, which readers of all religious backgrounds will find educational and non-offensive. It will encourage you to delve deeper into more academic and detailed writings concerning agnosticism and even your own pe...

Katie rated it ★★★☆☆

June 05, 2016

I was so excited to find this book but it wasn't really helpful to me. I was hoping it would make me feel better about feeling the way I do but it seemed too technical. still glad there are books out there like this.

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