Welcome to Modern Deism
Deism is a reason-based faith that postulates a belief in God through a foundation of Reason, Personal Experience and Nature (nature of the universe) with emphasis on freethought rather than a foundation of Divine revelation(s) and Holy texts. Essentially, through the use of Reason, God’s existence is revealed by the observation of nature and our own personal experiences. For the Deist, the order and complexity found in nature coupled with our rational experiences of nature leads to a belief in God.
It must be noted that Deism has been defined as the religion in which God abandoned the creation. This was rarely the case. During the Second Great Awakening, Deism was attacked by the revialists who wanted to degrade its influence. They created the notion that Deists believed that God had created and then abandoned his creation in favor of greater things. No Deists truly believed this. Some believed that God was no longer active in creation but had not abandoned it but watched to observe.
As with the past, modern Deists have many different beliefs regarding the nature of God. This is because that nature can never truly be known but only infered from our perspective. As such, there are many different beliefs among Deists regarding what God may or may not be like. This is encouraged as Deists want all to use their own Reason and Experiences to develop their views on God and associated aspects.
This causes Modern Deism to be a belief system that thrives on diversity of thought. Deism is based on Reason and Reason tells us that humans are freethinkers that will develop their own beliefs. Therefore, Deists have a common belief in God based on Reason but the view into the nature of God varies among Deists as this nature is generally unknown to us at this time.
Modern Deism seeks to bring these different viewpoints about the nature of God under the umbrella of Deism. The only real requirement is that the faith of Deism is based on Reason, Experience and Nature. Furthermore, Modern Deism incorporates the latest interpretations found in the fields of science, philosophy, psychology and history so that it integrates classical and modern viewpoints with the wisdom of the past with the discoveries of the present.
For the Modern Deist, Reason is not just used exclusively for spiritual belief but is also used in all other aspects of daily life as well. This leads to a pragmatic view of life in aspects such as the personal, the political, the moral and the functional. This pragmatic view coupled with Reason leads the Deist to believe that all men and women are created equal and have inherent freedom based on the laws of nature.
Ultimately, the Deist is one that can be understood in simple terms. The Deist looks at existence and infers that this wonderous thing could not have been an accident. They also desire a sense of astonishment and connection to something greater than themselves and define that “something” as God. Finally, Deists believe that Reason is one our most important gifts and that we should use our own Reason to develop our beliefs regarding God.
The goal of Modern Deism is the promotion and education of Deism to the modern world. Most people have never heard of Deism and our goal is to change this problem. Unfortunately, the dictionary definition of Deism tends to push the idea that Deism is a “dead religion.” However, this is a fallacy as Deism is “alive” and growing.
All of the sections here are created to help others learn about Deism. Please take a look through a your own pace. Their is quite a bit of material on a wide range of subjects that involves Deism. This site is updated periodically so check back frequently to see what new items have been added.
Thank you for visiting Modern Deism and we hope that you learned about the natural religion of Deism. Please visit again as this site is updated periodically. If you have any questions or comments please contact us.
The Creation speaketh a universal language, independently of human speech or human language, multiplied and various as they may be. It is an ever-existing original, which every man can read. It cannot be forged; it cannot be counterfeited; it cannot be lost; it cannot be altered; it cannot be suppressed. It does not depend upon the will of man whether it shall be published or not; it publishes itself from one end of the earth to the other. It preaches to all nations and to all worlds; and this word of God reveals to man all that is necessary for man to know of God." - Thomas Paine
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