Thoughts on Agnostic: A Spirited Manifesto (Audiobook)

Agnostic: A Spirited Manifesto

A rather short book on what it means to be agnostic.

Being an agnostic doesn't necessarily mean someone can't make up their mind about God. Lesley Hazleton puts into words what I, an agnostic myself, can't explain well.  For her, agnosticism means being open to mystery but not buying into a specific doctrine. It means the freedom to doubt (which she maintains is not a bad thing). Being agnostic can mean a life of curiosity, of asking questions and being open to the answers without the baggage of being on one side or the other.

I've had very few good experiences with religion. A few but not many. I question just about everything. I disagree with a lot. I also can't get behind the internet screamers of atheism either. For me religious beliefs or the lack of them are personal. You do you. I don't think I have to share mine with anyone or have someone else's thrust upon me. Agnostic is a book that spoke to me. I was in agreement with so much of what she wrote.

Lesley Hazleton writes thoughtfully and beautifully. She shares her own personal experiences. I've never read any of her other books which focus on religious topics. I suppose it shouldn't surprise me that she has written so many. I enjoyed the beginning of the book more than the end. She went into philosophical musings on death, the soul, (and some parts about math). Deep stuff. She lost me for a little while there.

I would recommend Agnostic: A Spirited Manifesto if you are at all curious about what it means to be agnostic.

About the Audio: Lesley Hazleton narrates the book herself. She's an older lady with a gravelly voice. I did enjoy listening to her, but I think I would rather the text version to read certain passages again and maybe make some notes. 

Thanks to Penguin Random House for the review copy and the chance to review this audiobook. All opinions are my own.

Agnostic: A Spirited Manifesto


  1. It sounds like this is well written and thoughtful.

  2. Amen, sister! I have a hard time explaining agnosticism to people, but as the wife of an atheist I have a pretty clear idea of what it's not.

  3. I love the formulation of "being open to mystery" as what it means to her to be agnostic. That's really well-put.


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