Deism


The following definition is from Webster’s Encyclopedic Dictionary, 1941, a non-Deist source, as:

“[From Latin Deus, God. Deity] The doctrine or creed of a Deist.” Deist is defined as: “One who believes in the existence of a God or supreme being but denies revealed religion, basing his belief on the light of nature and reason.”

Britannica Concise Encyclopedia:Deism

Belief in God based on reason rather than revelation or the
teaching of any specific religion. A form of natural religion, Deism
originated in England in the early 17th century as a rejection of
orthodox Christianity. Deists asserted that reason could find evidence
of God in nature and that God had created the world and then left it to
operate under the natural laws he had devised. The philosopher Edward
Herbert (1583 – 1648) developed this view in On Truth
(1624). By the late 18th century Deism was the dominant religious
attitude among Europe’s educated classes; it was accepted by many
upper-class Americans of the same era, including the first three U.S.
presidents.

Welcome to Deism

Deism is a belief in God, based upon the laws and designs that are found throughout Nature, as applied by our reason and logic. Deism has a lot to offer both you and society! Deism is a natural religion, it is not a “revealed” religion which all claim to having received a revelation from God. Their various and conflicting holy books are based on these revelations, and many of their sincere followers actually have faith in, and believe in these holy books.

By embracing the natural religion of Deism, one is freed from the inconsistencies of superstition and the negative influences of guilt, fear, and greed so strongly represented in the “revealed” religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, .As more people become Deists their God given reason and logic will overcome the pursuit of revealed religions myths and dogma, which will lead to social and personal progress. Thomas Paine (1737 – 1809) did more than another single individual to bring Deism to everyone. May I recommend his book “The age of Reason” as a must read.

Some Frequently Asked Question About Deism

Is Deism a form of atheism? No. Atheism teaches that there is no God. Deism teaches there is a God, but rejects the “revelations” of the “revealed” religions..

What is the basis of Deism? Reason and the design of nature throughout the universe.

What is the difference between deism and other religion? As stated earlier Deism rejects the “revelations” of the “revealed” religions. Deism has no “Holy Books” which promote guilt, fear, and greed to hold on to their converts. There are no need for a priest, preacher, or rabbi only ones common sense, reason, and logic. Deism teaches that we should do what is right simply because it’s the right thing to do. Deism doesn’t pretend we know what, if anything, happens to us after our bodies die.

Do Deists believe that God created the universe and then just stepped back? Some Deist do while others believe that God may intervene in human affairs.

Do Deists Pray? Deist only offer prayers of thanks, they DO NOT dictate to God.

Is Deism a Cult? Because Deism teaches self-reliance and to question authority it is impossible for Deism to be considered a cult.

What is the deist view concerning God? God is viewed as an eternal entity that is equal to his or her will.

Does Deism have a view concerning all the evil in the world today? By embracing our god given power of reason and logic, much of the evil in today’s world could be overcome. Many find it much easier to believe we are not responsible for our actions, as in the case of the “revealed” religions, that believe everything is controlled by a higher power, rather than to do the hard work necessary to obtain success in our endeavors and daily life.

Deist Principles

The Deist observes principles along the same lines as the Ten Commandments; however, they are not claimed to come from God. They are rather a way to live life to the fullest based on reason and logic. In all aspects of life and regardless of age they are applicable to adults and children equally so that one may live a fullfilling life without the fear of reward and punishment.

Honor and worship the Creator in a fashion that suits you.

Treat others with dignity and respect, and will insist that others treat you with respect and dignity as well,.

Live life pragmatically and use reason and logic as the cornerstone for all you think, do and say.

Be honest and not lie, cheat or steal in your dealings with others.

Maintain faith in yourself.

Take responsibility for your actions.

Do not harm another except in defense of yourself or loved ones.

Treat others as you want to be treated.

Learn from the mistakes that you make in life.

Honor your father, your mother and your loved ones and be faithful to them.

Question authority when it is neither reasonable nor logical.

Find inspiration, beauty, and awe in the creation and the natural order of the universe.

Search for truth and be willing to accept new ideas based upon reason and logic as you become exposed to them.

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2 Responses

  1. A positive approach to life is always more rewarding and motivating than a negative outlook. I believe the Christian mind-set that is so eager to accept guilt and original sin, as well as the unnatural idea of redemption by proxy, is responsible for the suffering of millions of people who allow themselves to be victims of this negative mind-set. Insane and unreasonable ideas abound in the revealed religions of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. They are effectively neutralized and eliminated by the reason-friendly openness of Deism. In place of Christianity’s vacillating god of the Old and New Testaments, Deism offers an idea of a Creator as unchangeable as the laws of Nature. A Creator incapable of such misery producing acts as the extermination of men, women, children and even of unborn babies. Deism happily rejects the Passover horror story which depicts God killing the first-born of all the Egyptians. All this because this all loving God made it impossible for Pharaoh to release the Jews.

    The only way we can learn more about God: is through the honest study of the Creator’;s creation, not through contradictory books written by men but claiming inspiration and revelation from God. The antiquated practice of forming an idea of God based on purely past material experience, is also rejected by Deists. The fear the Bible god had of the Tower of Babel is based on fear of humanities acquisition of knowledge Another problem with the idea of God, promoted by the revealed religions of Christianity, Judaism and Islam, is its depiction of God as a man. By limiting God to the status of a man, women are relegated to a lesser standing in society, for if God is characterized as a man, then men are closer to God then women. By limiting the advancement of women through their subjugation to men, revealed religion has limited the advancement and progress of all society. Because of this anti-progress mind-set advanced by revealed religion, it is truly sad that it further claims that it is “the word of God”. By limiting God to the status of a man, women are consciously and subconsciously relegated to a lesser standing in society. After all, if God is characterized as a man, then men are closer to God then women. By limiting the advancement of women through their subjugation to men, revealed religion has limited the advancement and progress of all society. The anti-progress mind-set, advanced by revealed religion, is that it claims to be the Word of God.

    All religions claim they reject violence. History, of course, proves them wrong, as do current events in this world. From the horror stories of slaughter and rape at the alleged command of God found throughout the Old Testament, to Jesus bringing not peace but a sword, revealed religion goes hand in hand with violence and war. Deism’s rejection of divine revelation, prevents it following the same violence promoting business that the revealed religions are in. Rejecting negativity and promoting positive thinking, and self reliance is the prime objective of Deism. Think of the advancements humanity could have achieved thousands of years earlier were it not for revealed religions preventing the advancements of science and medicine. Let history not repeat itself!
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  2. Nicely done! I am, I guess a “self discovered” deist and have been for about 6 years. I believe this has always been my belief just did have a name to it until then.
    -I do not believe our Creator would give us such powerful tools such as reason, logic, free-will, shame, or pride if there was no reason to put them to good use.
    -The cycles and forces of nature operate in to fine of an order for our reality to not be created by God. If he is to be perfect and we are to have free will, we must either get rid of the idea of free will or the idea of “divine intervention”. Both of these cannot exist at the same time logically.

    Very good read, Thanks!

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