“The question of the existence of God is the single most important question we face about the nature of reality.” - Sir John Polkinghorne (Particle Physicist, Cambridge University)
“What I believe in my heart, must make sense in my mind.” - Ravi Zacharias
Skepticism: The method of suspended judgment; an attitude of doubt. So, essentially the skeptic hasn’t made a final judgment yet . . . but knows deep down he must.
Agnosticism: (Greek: α- a-, without + γνώσις gnōsis, knowledge) is the philosophical view that the truth value of certain claims — particularly metaphysical claims regarding theology, afterlife or the existence of deities, ghosts, or even ultimate reality — is unknown or, depending on the form of agnosticism, inherently impossible to prove or disprove. It is often put forth as a “middle ground” between theism and atheism. (Yes, I pulled this bit off of Wikipedia.)
The agnostic/skeptic feels he can’t make a clear determination of God’s existence with the evidence and state of reality as it’s currently understood and perceived.
Let’s take that definition a step further. For our purposes, an agnostic/skeptic is a thinking and seeking individual. An “honest, truth-seeking agnostic” will weigh issues equally, neither leaning too far one way or the other, before examining all sides of the issue. An honest skeptic realizes logic can work more than one way—human perceptions can vary greatly—and he will be equally skeptical and open, to examining all the issues before arriving at a decisive answer.
In addition, the agnostic knows there is, in reality, no middle/neutral ground. Either God exists or God doesn’t exist. There is no third choice. (The discussion of God being transcendent rather than personal is a separate issue.) And most of the ultimate questions in life—meaning, morality, love, rights, dignity, etc.—hinge on God’s existence.
So, let’s assume for this journey, that an agnostic is an open-minded thinker, who seeks to discover the deepest meaning of life, but hasn’t arrived at all the answers yet.
Why does the agnostic/skeptic suspend judgment? He wants to get to the underlying truth in all its clarity—he wants certainty.
God, Give me an open and sharp mind, an open and tender heart, and give me answers—I can’t suspend judgment forever.