So, I have this running joke that goes, “I don’t care if someone is gay or straight but I hate bisexuals. But that is only because I can’t stand people who can’t make up their minds.”
My son called me on this and said, “If you don’t like people who can’t make up their minds then why are you an agnostic? Agnostics are people who can’t make up their minds.”
So, I explained agnosticism like this: Three people, a religious person, an atheist and an agnostic are standing around arguing about the context of a box without being able to open the box.
The religious persons says, “As a matter of faith I believe there are all kinds of wonderful things inside the box.”
The atheist says, “Using my giant pulsating brain I have reasoned with absolute certainty that the box is empty.”
The agnostic says, “I don’t know what, if anything, is inside the box because we haven’t looked inside the box.”
Agnosticism, I explained, is a statement about the limits of human knowledge and not a statement one way or the other about the totality of existence.
My son thought about this and said, “Most likely, if they managed to open the box, they’ll just find another box inside.”
I’m pretty sure he’s right about that.