Another Reason against Methodological Agnosticism
That’s right; I’m against methodological agnosticism and in favor of methodological atheism or methodological scepticism. I posted about this once before. Here’s another reason to add to the case against agnosticism.
Agnosticism is not an appropriate response to certain theist claims to the effect that the gods divided people into essentially different groups, for instance, groups divided by sex or race. The sex example will be more controversial here than the race example (although not for anyone who’s read and understood Fausto-Sterling’s Sexing the Body), so I’ll stick to the race one.
In brief: it is demonstrably false that essential racial differeces exist, so a claim that the gods created us and divided us into essentially different races is also demonstrably false. There’s no room for agnosticism about the claim, except for people who ignore all evidence.
The people who would insist on methodological agnosticism in cases like this are correctly labled as protectionists or apologists.