This term, based on the Greek for “not knowing”, was coined by T H Huxley (1825-1895) for the principle of rejecting all metaphysical speculation and religious doctrine on the ground that it is impossible to know whether or not there is a God. It has now become a very broad term, and even some religious people would describe themselves as agnostics in the sense that they realise their beliefs cannot be proved, and are reluctant to formulate them in a dogmatic way.

Agnostics are not organised as a group, though some would belong to humanist organisations.


The Chaplaincy to the University of Glamorgan provides the following information from its own researchers. Each page has been checked by the chaplaincy advisor from the relevant faith group. Within every major religion, there are differences of opinion between leaders, and between leaders and followers. We only aim to provide an overview.