“Hazleton’s mischievous, vital new book represents a positive orientation toward life all its own, one that embraces both science and mystery… and remains intimately grounded and engaged in our human, day-to-day life.”
— The New York Times Book Review (Editors’ Choice)
“At last, a liberating antidote to the either/or thinking of the atheist/believer debate. Hazleton makes an impassioned and persuasive case for the insights – and joys – to be gained from a stance of not-knowing.”
–Reza Aslan, author of Zealot and No God but God
“An excitingly fresh take on the long shadow cast by humanity’s effort to make meaning out of itself.” — Pop Matters
“A beautiful, inquisitive, energetic 200-page tribute to uncertainty… an exploration of the agnostic position that’s about fifty times as charming as anything Sam Harris has ever written.” — Seattle Review of Books
“Hazleton’s manifesto is, for me, a celebration–a welcome infusion of joy in an arena preponderantly inhabited by dogmatists.”
–David Guterson, author of Snow Falling on Cedars
“Hazleton makes a compelling case for why agnosticism matters, and sets out a comprehensive and thought-provoking definition of what it means. It’s a powerful and deeply humanistic argument.” –Vol. 1 Brooklyn
“Hazleton does not deny possibilities; she denies only assured and implacable dogma.”
“A heady romp through the mind of an intellectual adventurer who relishes curiosity and questioning over the dubious comforts of dogma and certainty.” — Seattle Met magazine.
“What does it mean to select ‘spiritual but not religious’ in a survey? Is it a rejection of belief, or does it signify the respondent’s need for greater depth than a blanket statement? Hazleton brilliantly addresses this conundrum in her spirited manifesto on agnosticism, and demonstrates that agnosticism is a thoughtful, non-limiting approach to the mysteries of life.” — Library Journal
“Lesley Hazleton’s book is vibrant, challenging, funny, and profound, and wise in its embrace of paradox, mystery and science.” — Rabbi Rachel Cowan, Founding Director of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality
“To be agnostic is not to sidestep the question of belief, for Hazleton, nor to commit to a wishy-washy moral framework. It is instead to have enough backbone to stand firm in the liminality of uncertainty.”
—Publishers Weekly (starred review).
“Hazleton’s manifesto makes the suspension of conviction as attractive as any theist or atheist testament.”