What do you suppose a "nonpracticing agnostic" does (or doesn't) believe or do?
We were going around the room and each saying a few words to introduce ourselves to the group. The setting was a daylong workshop, and it was based in a spiritual program, so there was some relevance in speaking about one’s spiritual position.
A young man whom I didn’t know, and had no chance to speak to afterward, included these words in his self-introduction: “I’m a nonpracticing agnostic.”
To me that was a mind-boggling statement, and so remarkable that I fished in my pocket, found a pen and a slip of paper, and wrote it down. I copied it into a text file, just those two words, and it has sat on my desktop for nearly eight years now. Every once in a while I open it and ponder it.
Far be it from me to start one of those pointless arguments over matters of faith here. All I want to know is—what do you think the characteristics of a nonpracticing agnostic would be? How do you be one?