I do believe that there is something more to the world than this. Whether that means there is a god, I am less sure. I like the idea that I will see relatives that have passed away again, but this may simply be something to comfort those left behind.
I’ve never been religious, or believed in God, but I wouldn’t say that I’m certain there can’t be one, which probably makes me an ‘agnostic atheist’. I should say that I know plenty of scientists that are religious, as well as a lot that aren’t.
I’m pretty sure there are a lot of us ‘agnostic atheists’ about. Here, for instance, is Sir Andrew Huxley, the Nobel Prize-winning physiologist who just died a couple of weeks ago:
“[My grandfather] T.H. Huxley [friend of Charles Darwin and sometimes known as ‘Darwin’s Bulldog’] coined the word “agnostic” to describe his own position in relation to the existence of a deity. He was explicitly not an atheist, taking the view that there was no way of getting reliable knowledge of the existence or the nature of any deity. My father followed him in this respect and so have I.”