Vernon, author of Science, Religion and the Meaning of Life (left), asks how else but with agnosticism can we deal with the uncertainty something that lies at the heart of the human condition.He writes that a “lust for certainty” characterises many of the debates currently doing the rounds. In religion, fundamentalism is the obvious case in point. A similar lustf or certainty also increasingly characterises mainstream religion, such as the crisis about homosexuality in the Church of England.
When it comes to the scientific worldview, a lust for certainty is manifest in different ways. Think of the way that some atheists go on at great length about the need to throw off superstitious belief and don the freedom and reason of the Enlightenment. Read article here