I (being one who refuses to be labeled) have finally given a name to my religion, and it is Deism.
(Wait. What closet did you think I was coming out of? WHOAH!!! I meant “spiritual” closet. I mean, not that there is anything wrong with the other closet, but I mean, you know, really… WHOAH!!!!)
Deism is about relying on reason, not faith.
Faith makes you do stupid things like trying to convert an unsaved lion to Christianity at the zoo, believing God has commissioned you to stalk Mel Gibson, or (my personal favorite) drinking cyanide-laced kool aid/have a standoff with the ATF because your beloved spiritual leader said so.
Deists are not Theists because Theists believe in a personal God who “loves you and offers a wonderful plan for your life”.
Deists are not Agnostics who could go either way if the right proof is presented, whereas a Deist has rendered a verdict.
Deists are not Atheists simply because, well, Deists believe God exists and Atheists don’t.
A Deist can use reason to explain a belief that the world was created, rather than a product of an astonomically impossible anomaly.
1. The Creation theory suggests order
2. The Big Bang theory suggests chaos
3. The universe operates with natural order
The conclusion suggests Creation is more likely
That is not to say that a Deist believes in a silly fairy tale with two people in a garden, or that they wont be open to a more reasonable theory of how the universe came to be. Many notable scientists (including Albert Einstein) were Deists, and science and Deism are quite complimentary.
1. Christian Fundamentalists commonly believe the Earth to be 6,000 – 10,000 years old according to Genesis.
2. Scientists are uncovering fossils of dinosaurs dating back at least 65 million years.
The conclusion is… uhm, well… pretty obvious, ain’t it?
Evolution is also the only possible answer to so many races of people coming from Adam & Eve (assuming they even existed), as well.
The weird thing about all of this is that in all of my researching in religions… I’m only just discovered now such a thing as Deism exists. Most of my thoughts and writings have always been of a Deistic nature, and I never realized it.
I’ll cover more in an upcoming rant Reason: The Second Coming of Prometheus, but for now here is something to ponder:
1. Do you lean more on your reason and experience than your faith?
2. Do you find yourself bouncing from religion to religion and not quite agreeing fully with any of them?
3. Are you perceived as defending God to atheists, and attacking God to Christians?*
4. Do you gaze at the stars, or walk through nature and find it hard to believe it’s all here by accident?
5. Can you see a movie, read a book, or hear a song and extract some deep profound lesson out of it that some people don’t?
6. Do you feel ALL people have the right to their beliefs (or non-beliefs), regardless of whether you agree with them or not?
If so, you may be a Deist too.
(* Blatantly Stolen from Minister David Pyle’s “Deism: Past, Present, and Future “)