Here is an interesting article from Newsweek from an agnostic mother. It expresses well the perils of the postmodern journey to nowhere. Speaking about her journeyÂ down the path of agnosticismÂ and recounts a conversation she had with her seven year old son.
We were on the beach in Costa Rica a few years ago (my son was seven) when he turned to me and asked, â€œWhere did all this stuff come from?â€ â€œSome people think it came from god,â€ was how I started my answer. He interrupted me to say, â€œWell, even if god did make all this, he is dead now.â€ I marveled at his confidence, at his unwavering curiosity in why and how and his refusal to accept mythology for answers. But his question was left unanswered, and he still wonders where the beach and the sand and the sky came from. So do I, and hopefully we will never know all the answers.
“Hopefully we will never know the answers”? Why would someone hope for ignorance? I am not saying that someday we will have all the answers, but to hope for agnosticism is rather odd. What is even more curious is the last paragraph:
What I do know is that I wonâ€™t take shortcuts to lifeâ€™s difficult questions, and explain away lifeâ€™s mysteries by saying they came from god. God can only close the discussion and end the questioning, while nothing invites the next question. Let the dialogue continue. (emphasis mine)
Yet, “hopefully we will never know all the answers.” I think the dialogue is tainted from the beginning. The only answer that she will find is that which she is prejudiced to find at the outset of this journey.
Yet, this is postmodernism. Welcome to the world where agnostics can express the need for ignorance on a journey to understand, dialoguing for answers to difficult questions (hurts the brain to think about). And this is intellectual?
It would seem as well that taking God out of the equation does not dispel mystery, but it legitimizes it, giving it a true mysterious source.