Have you never a Hill Mizar to Remember? Some thoughts on Agnosticism and Meaning

By Tamsin Spargo.

Published by The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society

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This article explores the search for, and status of, meaning in the twenty-first century, arguing for agnostic openness of belief in the face of increasingly retrenched positions of scientific rationalism and religious fundamentalism. It explores a crucial transition in the Western conception of the construction of meaning, from revealed truth to relational difference, evidenced in competing ontological models at work at the opening of the Enlightenment, in the most influential of popular Christian writers, John Bunyan, and considers what this reveals about meaning, knowledge, and faith today. It argues for agnosticism, understood as strong uncertainty, as a position of openness to be sustained against dominant ontological and epsitemological frameworks.

Keywords: Meaning, John Bunyan, Ontology, Christianity, Agnosticism, Epistemology, Western, Fundamentalism, Rationalism, Belief

The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society, Volume 1, Issue 1, pp.15-24. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 500.307KB).

Dr. Tamsin Spargo

Reader in Cultural History, Faculty of Media, Arts and Social Science, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK

Tamsin Spargo is a Reader in Cultural History at Liverpool John Moores University. Her research interests are diverse, with books ranging from The Writings of John Bunyan, Reading the Past: Literature and History, Foucault and Queer Theory, to Wanted Man: The Forgotten Story of an American Outlaw. She is currently returning to the subject of John Bunyan for the British Council's Writers and their Work series and writing her first novel.