For the “analytic evidentialist”
Deism is for the analytic evidentialist, not to be confused with anal evangelists. It is for those who believe only when repeatable evidence supports the belief.
Deism asserts that God is; because creation is. This is a rational working hypothesis, derived thru reason and logic not by revelation or mysticism. Originally from the 17th century the analogy of the day was that God created a “clockwork universe” which operates entirely without God’s active intervention.
The Genius of Deism
The genius of Deism is that it is a system that awakens the intellect and the senses. Rather than focusing on a false or unverifiable future you are ever present. You are not devout in spreading nonsense. Rather you are a scientist who speculates, from which you make observations and study the natural world. A Deists speculates on the existence of a God because of the evidence of creation; but does not use revelations or claimed miracles or fear of retribution as evidence of God.
Not Atheist; Not Agnostic.
While Atheism involves having no theism to be a deist is to accept a theist hypothesis, you cannot at this time prove the hypothesis other than with the evidence of creation. This position demands an inquiring mind and someone for whom inane and undemanding explanations are not enough. It is to recognize that the quest is not over and it is the search that has meaning.
An Agnostic believes it is impossible to know whether there is a God; a Deist might say “Creation is the evidence of God; the nature of God is unknown.” With over a thousand recognized religions on the planet today, the incremental difference between similar religions becomes subtle.
In General terms,
Prophets say “God told me, have faith, I’m infallible, 10% please.”
Atheists say “I know god is not real, prove otherwise.”
Agnostics say “no way to know what is real.”
Deists say “God exists. Religion is not real, prophets are bogus.”
Thomas Paine in The Age of Reason Part I (1793) argued that Christianity is “a species of Atheism — a sort of religious denial of God.”
“It professes to believe in a man rather than in God. It is a compound made up chiefly of Manism and is as near to Atheism as twilight is to darkness. It introduces between man and his maker an opaque body, which it calls a Redeemer, as the moon introduces her opaque self between the earth and the sun, and it produces by this means an irreligious eclipse of light. It has put the whole orbit of reason into shade.”
Christianity leans upon hierarchy, revelation, miracles, suspension of critical thinking and a dependence on faith. These are all things Deism rejects.
It all boils down to believing in a power that you can call god if you want, it is just not a god of facile explanations about the creation of the universe, faith, nor the notion that god intervenes for you if you telepathically talk to him or her. This force is not expressed in a need for you to kill non believers or pray a certain way, or dress a certain way, or cover a particular patch of skin or wear one hat style over another. Those are all social constructs like your faith and belief in life after death, while quaint and interesting, quite irrelevant.
Einstein on God
” The whole of nature is life, and life, as I observe it, rejects a God resembling man. I like to experience the universe as one harmonious whole. Every cell has life. Matter, too, has life; it is energy solidified. Our bodies are like prisons, and I look forward to be free, but I don’t speculate on what will happen to me. I live here now, and my responsibility is in this world now…. I deal with natural laws. This is my work here on earth.”
Albert Einstein p. 64 – Einstein and the Poet
“The word god is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honourable, but still primitive legends which are nevertheless pretty childish. No interpretation no matter how subtle can (for me) change this.“
Albert Einstein Gutkind Letter (3 January 1954)
Embrace Ambiguity, mystery, wonder.
Embrace reason, logic, observation of the natural world.
Embrace meditative silence and reflection.
Embrace your friends, family and be present.
Reject revelation, fanciful stories and bronze age myths.
Reject worship; self serving prayer and false divinity.
Reject notions of original sin, the trinity, heaven or hell.
Reject that someone died for your sins.
Be thankful for love, the sunshine, a spring rain.
Be thankful God gave us reason, honesty and friends.
Be thankful for skepticism of false revelation.
Be thankful for every kindness received.
Live and Organize
Live the miracle of creation. This instant. Soak it all in. And fight for your freedom. In regards to the notion of Do not resist evil, it is the ideology of a slave. Organize, resist evil, never back down on principles. Their is no reason not to be nice about it, but if the evil persists, if the evil does not relent, be prepared to use force.
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For further discussions about the universe and an interesting spin on the big bang and your role in it go here
For further discussions from “the great agnostic” go here
A discussion of skeptical deism is found here skeptical deist
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