p. 544. Why be agnostic?
- Robin Le Poidevin
‘Why be agnostic?’ examines a number of case studies which illustrate the ambiguity of the arguments for and against the God hypothesis. How do we explain intelligence, the existence of moral conscience, and the fact that the universe seems to have been ‘fine-tuned’ for life? What are we to make of those who claim to have encountered God? Various answers to these questions are proposed, such as: conscience can be seen as the result of social conditioning, rather than the perception that God is observing and judging us; and religious experiences can be induced by stimulating the temporal lobes of the brain.