Agnosticism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short by Robin Le Poidevin

By Robin Le Poidevin

What's agnosticism? Is it a trust, or in simple terms the absence of trust? Is it the results of too little thought of an issue--or an excessive amount of? Who have been the 1st to name themselves "agnostics"? Does agnosticism deserve critical attention this day? Can an agnostic stay a non secular lifestyles?

What position may still agnosticism have in schooling? those are only a number of the questions that Robin Le Poidevin considers during this Very brief advent, as he units the philosophical case for agnosticism and explores it as a old and cultural phenomenon.
Agnosticism emerges right here as a way more refined, and lots more and plenty extra attention-grabbing, perspective than an easy failure to both decide to, or reject, non secular trust. Le Poidevin demanding situations the typical knowledge approximately agnosticism between either believers and atheists, and invitations the reader to reconsider their very own place at the matters. certainly, in arguing in prefer of agnosticism as a decent place to take, this stimulating and provocative advisor takes factor on many issues with the assertions of well-known atheists reminiscent of Richard Dawkins.

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Next to you on the other side is a bus station that has escaped from Tellytubbies, big, jolly and bulbous. Yet at the heart of Chatham is a development which raises some curious questions about the re-use of industrial sites. It’s a pregnant subject in this recession, with the scattered remnants of manufacturing in serious trouble, for all the noises about a return to ‘making things’. At first sight, Chatham Dockyard, disused since the mid-1980s, conforms to the standard post-industrial Urban Regen type, being turned over alternately to the creative industries (an art college), the heritage industry (several museums, ornamental ships) and the property speculation industry (newbuild flats that are ‘in keeping’, loft conversions).

The union had considered moving to the City of London (before deciding that ‘culturally, it didn’t quite fit’), but decided to stay near to other unions and to the termini for the North. But happenstance has meant that the new Unison building directly faces the old. Originally designed for the local government union NALGO, one of those that merged into Unison, Cole says of the old HQ now that ‘it was basically a concrete tower block’, although this is also a fair description of the most obvious element in the new Unison building.

From Chatham Dockyard you can see something just slightly more ambitious. In the foreground is an Odeon, using the same industrial Big Shed method as the old factories, then for producing, now for consuming; behind them you can see two skyscrapers. Well, almost skyscrapers, of a sleekness and finish that you don’t generally expect in an area more marked by concreteframed blocks with oast-house cowls on top. Both have curved, glazed façades, and are a fragment of the ‘aspirational’ side of the Thames Gateway’s property frenzy, the part that involves the perusal of Wallpaper* magazine and viewings of Grand Designs as much as of Location, Location, Location.

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