Deism: Alive and Well?

Deism: Alive and Well? September 22, 2009

There’s an interesting article in USA Today about those who usually put down “none” when asked about their religion. Apparently most aren’t atheists, nor are they New Agers. According to the article, the majority are more akin to Deistic rationalists in the heritage of Thomas Jefferson or Thomas Paine. They are mostly people who would affirm the existence of God but not adhere to a single denomination, creed or dogma.

Personally, if the article is right about this, I take encouragement from this tradition of American religiosity having survived down to the present day. In an era in which there has been a resurgance of superstition and a good deal of anti-rationalism, it is reassuring to know that the category of those whose religious beliefs give an important place to reason seems to be growing rather than shrinking.

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  • Don

    Count me as one of those the article mentioned. I am from a Southern Baptist family. My grandfather, father, and myself were deacons in the church. About 5 years ago I began a journey of questioning which, as you know, cannot adequately be done within the bounds of the S.B. church. I left the church two years ago when I could no longer see myself as a part of a group whose general beliefs I no longer supported or held to. I have never been more free than now. My faith went through struggles, but emerged stronger than ever. I am no longer bound by inerrancy and its step-children. I consider myself a believer in exile (from the IC).

  • I agree with you're comments on Deism . Indeed I would say that this is a very common position among scientists , as well as the general public . However it must be noted that is not exactly an orthodox Christian notion of the the Divine . Of course , depending upon you're views of orthodox Christianity , this may be a good thing or not .Regards ..,

  • Rationally we have to admit that God made us as we are now and forget mythical notions that we used to be better before some doofus ate an apple (I mean come on!) So I say Thomas Jefferson makes more sense than any Calvinist or other OT legalist genocide -commander worshipper.