Monotheism believes that in the end all shall be well and all riddles will be solved. For this we need that patience or tolerance which will save our lives. Agnosticism lacks such endurance and is concerned with our concrete situation without eschatological promises (hallucinations or mirages). God may know all, but we are not God and certainly do not know all, not even in the most elementary things. We have to confess ourselves a-gnostics because we do not have the divine gnosis, the knowledge of things that really matter. The reference here, of course, is monotheism. No doubt we know many things, but we do not know anything exhaustively, as God is supposed to know. Therefore, we have to confess ourselves agnostics, if we may adopt this name of recent coinage.
— Raimon Panikkar, The Rhythm of Being