Agnostic: A Spirited Manifesto Audiobook, by Lesley Hazelton Play Audiobook Sample

Agnostic: A Spirited Manifesto Audiobook

Agnostic: A Spirited Manifesto Audiobook, by Lesley Hazelton Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Lesley Hazelton, Lesley Hazleton Publisher: Penguin Random House Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 2.67 hours at 1.5x Speed 2.00 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: April 2016 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780399567360

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08:52 minutes

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11 seconds

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05:51 minutes

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“Vital” –The New York Times Book Review

“Provocative…[Hazleton] paddles the river of doubt with energy and exuberance.” –The Seattle Times

A widely admired writer on religion celebrates agnosticism as the most vibrant, engaging—and ultimately the most honest—stance toward the mysteries of existence.

One in four Americans reject any affiliation with organized religion, and nearly half of those under thirty describe themselves as “spiritual but not religious.” But as the airwaves resound with the haranguing of preachers and pundits, who speaks for the millions who find no joy in whittling the wonder of existence to a simple yes/no choice?

Lesley Hazleton does. In this provocative, brilliant book, she gives voice to the case for agnosticism, breaks it free of its stereotypes as watered-down atheism or amorphous “seeking,” and celebrates it as a reasoned, revealing, and sustaining stance toward life. Stepping over the lines imposed by rigid conviction, she draws on philosophy, theology, psychology, science, and more to explore, with curiosity and passion, the vital role of mystery in a deceptively information-rich world; to ask what we mean by the search for meaning; to invoke the humbling yet elating perspective of infinity; to challenge received ideas about death; and to reconsider what “the soul” might be. Inspired and inspiring, Agnostic recasts the question of belief not as a problem to be solved but as an invitation to an ongoing, open-ended adventure of the mind.

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“Personably persuasive…Informed by science, philosophy, literature, history, travel, hiking, and more, Hazleton’s manifesto makes the suspension of conviction as attractive as any theist or atheist testament.”

— Booklist 


  • “Here, with clever elucidation, are artful essays that celebrate the wonder of the unknown…Hazleton does not deny possibilities; she denies only assured and implacable dogma.”

    — Kirkus Reviews


  • New York Times Editor’s Choice

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About the Authors

Lesley Hazleton is an award-winning writer whose work focuses on the intersection of religion, history, and politics. She reported on the Middle East from Jerusalem for more than a dozen years, and has written for Time, the New York Times, the New York Review of Books, Harper’s, the Nation, and the New Republic, among others. Her book After the Prophet was a finalist for a PEN Center USA Literary Award, and she is the recipient of the Stranger’s Genius in Literature Award. Hazleton lives in Seattle.

Lesley Hazleton is a veteran Middle East journalist whose work has appeared in the New York Times, Esquire, Vanity Fair, the Nation, and other publications. She is the author of several books on Middle East politics, religion, and history.