hi I learned greek from the back of christian cereal box does the prefix a- in agnostic mean against knowledge?

much like the prefix a- in from atheism means against that stuff relating to god


> Agnostic is coming from the Latin word agnoscere, which means

obviously you didn't learn any greek whatsoever

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  • 1 decade ago
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    the prefix -a infront of any word doesnt mean against.Its like a=no/not and It just means that the word with the prefix is the negative of the word without the prefix.

    So A-gnostic simply mean the "the one who doesnt know" and it derives from the Greek word Αγνωστηκιστής (agnosticistis).

    On religions it means that u just dont know what is out there,what exists,or if somethin (god) exists.

    Atheist is the one that believes that there is no god (a-theist= α-θεός in greek),not the one that thinks theres a god but he is against him.

    so atheism is α-θεός(a-theos=no-god) and agnostic is a-gnostic=no-knowledge/dont know of a possible god existency)

    Gnostic comes from Greek(Not latin) word Γνώση - Gnosi (knowledge)

    Source(s): I'm Greek
  • 1 decade ago

    A = Without

    A-gnostic = Without Knowledge (Famous Agnostic quote "I don't Know")

    A-theist = Without God


    Agnostic comes from the Greek "Agnostos"

    <a, meaning 'not' + base of gignoskein, meaning 'to know'>

    Atheism comes from the Greek "Atheos"

    <a, meaning 'without' + theos, meaning 'god'>

  • 4 years ago

    You may have read the Bible, but you sure as hell didn't understand it because God said in His word (The Bible): Proverbs 4:7 Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. Romans 15:4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.

  • 1 decade ago

    Agnostic is coming from the Latin word agnoscere, which means

    acknowledge, recognize.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago



    ║In the end, all actions are justified.

    ║No matter how heinous, there is always a reason

    ║for all that happens. And to feel anger over such things

    ║is as logical as being mad that apples fall to earth.

    ║I sought to understand everything...

    ║and even still, I've got a long way to go.


  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Without knowledge.

  • ?
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    a- means without. Therefore, they're without knowledge. Not to imply that they're brainless, they just don't know the answer to "Is there a God?"

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    That is a knee slapper. Come give ECJ a kiss.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I phone dorothy and tell her you found scarecrow!

  • 1 decade ago


    Source(s): lol
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