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  CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: Deism
The deists were what nowadays would be called freethinkers, a name, indeed, by which they were not infrequently known; and they can only be classed together wholly in the main attitude that they adopted, viz.
As naturalism was the epithet generally given to the teaching of the followers of the Spinozistic philosophy, as well as to the so-called atheists, deism seemed to its professors at once to furnish a disavowal of principles and doctrines which they repudiated, and to mark off their own position clearly from that of the theists.
The most important of these distinctions is undoubtedly that by which they are classed as "mortal" and "immortal" deists; for, while many conceded the philosophical doctrine of a future life, the rejection of future rewards and punishments carried with it for some the denial of the immortality of the human soul.
www.newadvent.org /cathen/04679b.htm   (4574 words)

  
 Current Deism
Although the beliefs of most of today’s Deists differ from the classical Deists and the common dictionaries definitions, Deism is once again becoming known to the public.
One of the biggest changes occurring is that Deists are beginning to learn that their concept of Deism is not often accepted by many other Deists.
Deists have to be more adaptable and tolerant for Deists to discuss their ideas with each other.
www.deist.info /html/current_deism.html   (810 words)

  
 Deism and Reason
Deists oppose all forms of religious meddling in people's lives and believe that one's choice of religious beliefs is up to the individual and is a highly personal choice.
Deists regard their faith as a natural religion, as contrasted with one that is revealed by a God or which is artificially created by humans.
Deists do not attribute human qualities to God and reject those teachings that depicts our Creator as a homicidal maniac who drowns the world in floods (Genesis), kills children just to punish somebody else (Exodus), or presents our Creator as a fool to be outwitted by a mythical serpent.
www.sullivan-county.com /deism.htm   (6818 words)

  
 Deism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Deists typically reject supernatural events (prophecy, miracles) and divine revelation prominent in organized religion, along with holy books and revealed religions that assert the existence of such things.
Instead, deists hold that correct religious beliefs must be founded on human reason and observed features of the natural world, and that these sources reveal the existence of one God or supreme being.
One implication of this deist origin myth was that primitive societies, or societies that existed in the distant past, should have religious beliefs that are less encrusted with superstitions and closer to those of natural theology.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Deist   (7301 words)

  
 FAQ's
Different Deists have used their own reasoning and studies to decide that there is, or probably is, a supreme being otherwise known as God.
Deists can discuss different problems and find better answers by working together than they could on their own.
Also, Deists have a sense that there is some reason for their existence, even if they do not know what that reason is. This can be comforting to many Deists.
www.deist.info /html/faq_s.html   (627 words)

  
 All Sides of the Story
Deists do not follow the fundamental beliefs by most religions that God revealed himself to humanity through the writings of the Bible, the Qur'an or other religious texts.
Deists disagree with Atheists, who assert that there is no evidence of the existence of God.
Deists deny the existence of the Trinity as conceived by Christians.
www.teachingreligion.com /deism/beliefs.html   (400 words)

  
 The Deist Document
Deists most frequently mention that they instinctively consider nature's order and complexity to be some evidence for God's existence, and/or it satisfies their reasoning that the universe has a creator.
Deists think that they are simply human-written books that portray the views their authors' held about the relations between God, humans, and the world at the time they were written.
Deists, however, with science on their side chipping away at myths that many other religions have believed in; with highly universal and simplified principles to build on, and with a continuous and adaptable search for answers with reason and free inquiry as their guide, believe that they maintain the closest position to the truth.
www.positivedeism.com /deistdoc.html   (10736 words)

  
 The Argument for Deism
Deists and atheists are more likely in fact to love their fellow man than the self-righteous sanctimonius followers of the various "revealed religions" of the world.
Deists are very tolerant of the revealed religions by the way, up to the point that the revealed religions attempt to impose upon everyone else.
Deists do not wish to impose their individual or collective beliefs (if there be any such thing as a collective belief) on anyone.
www.dynamicdeism.org /library/answers.htm   (3691 words)

  
 Welcome to God Bless This Mess!: Deism
In this sense, Plato and Newton are theists and Benjamin Franklin and Voltaire, deists.
Most deists do not face the problem of determinism at all, and almost none adopt the necessitarian system, which is more compatible with either orthodox Christianity in the form of predestination or with complete atheism.
Indeed, one of the elitist tenets of Voltaire and many other deists was that the ranks of the educated might be taught the deficiencies of received religion without harm, but the common people needed a supernatural religion for the safeguarding of order and morality in society.
godblessthismess.tripod.com /deism.htm   (1524 words)

  
 deists - HighBeam Encyclopedia
deists, term commonly applied to those thinkers in the 17th and 18th cent.
Voltaire and J. Rousseau were deists, as were Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and George Washington.
Rosemarie Deist, Gender and Power: Counsellors and their Masters in Antiquity and Medieval Courtly Romance.(Book Review)
www.encyclopedia.com /doc/1E1-deists.html   (226 words)

  
 Lecture 4
Atheists were scornful of deists saying that were not weak enough to be Christians, and not strong enough to be atheists.
Deists to a man, they cloaked themselves in evangelical garb for the public while entertaining heterodox view in private.
These emerging deists came to believe that just as there are basic physical laws that can be discovered through human reason (here one sees the influence of Newton's Principia), so too one can discover basic religious principles the same way.
www.wfu.edu /~matthetl/south/four.html   (2116 words)

  
 Deists of VA/TN   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Deists instead held a deep belief grounded in reasoned analysis that God exists, and that atheism is to be resisted no less than is religious fanaticism.
Deist authors were generally well familiar with the moral writings of these ancient authors, particularly the works of Cicero, whose work "De Officiis" is an excellent statement of Natural Law ethics.
Deists were characterized by a belief in God as a creator and "believed only those Christian doctrines that could meet the test of reason." Deists did not believe in miracles, revealed religion, the authority of the clergy, or the divinity of Jesus.
www.sullivan-county.com /news/deist1999/index.htm   (4707 words)

  
 DEISM: history, beliefs and practices
Early Deists believed that the Bible contained important truths, but they rejected the concept that it was divinely inspired or inerrant.
Deists played a major role in creating the principle of separation of church and state, and the religious freedom clauses of the 1st Amendment of the Constitution.
Deists base their belief in the existence of God on their observations of design found throughout nature.
www.religioustolerance.org /deism.htm   (1618 words)

  
 English Deism [Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy]
These are (1) a belief in the existence of the Deity, (2) the obligation to reverence such a power, (3) the identification of worship with practical morality, (4) the obligation to repent of sin and to abandon it, and, (5) divine recompense in this world and the next.
The learning of the Renaissance had served to incline the clergy of the Establishment to a moderate rational theology, and in the conflict between Puritans and Anglicans, and between Roman Catholics and Protestants, it became common to invoke Reason as arbiter.
Later Deists could appeal to the arguments of leading theologians, as well as to those of the Cambridge Platonists, who, in their conflict against the sensualism of Hobbes, exalted the authority of moral intuitions.
www.utm.edu /research/iep/d/deismeng.htm   (3113 words)

  
 The Christian Nation Myth
Deists did not believe in the virgin birth, divinity, or resurrection of Jesus, the efficacy of prayer, the miracles of the Bible, or even the divine inspiration of the Bible.
Contemporary evidence shows that in mature life Washington was a Deist, and did not commune, which is quite consistent with his being a vestryman.
Deists preferred not to use the unqualified term "God" in their conversation and writings because of its Christian connotations.
www.infidels.org /library/modern/farrell_till/myth.html   (4545 words)

  
 Speaker of Truth: Bible Deists
Deere notes that the 18th century deists worshipped human reason, and it seems to be true today at least that deists give a higher place to human reason than to divine revelation.
Some Christians today, although not quite deists, hold to what is in practice an almost deistic position, that since the days of Jesus and the apostles God has let the world get on on its own, and will intervene again only at the end of time.
The Bible deist is so confident in the sufficiency of his interpretation that it is difficult for him to be corrected by experience.
speakertruth.blogspot.com /2006/07/bible-deists.html   (2914 words)

  
 Deistic Info Home
The purpose of this web-site is to give Deists a place to help them develop their reasoning skills and to find sources to increase their knowledge about Deism.
And there are those Deists living today that have given a great deal of thought about Deism and what it should become.
I am hoping that some Deists will view this as much as their web-site as it is the administrator's.
deistic.info   (541 words)

  
 Getting Together as Christian Deists
These professional ministers opposed the deist belief that all persons have natural knowledge of God's "truth," and these professional ministers sought to protect their role in the church by assuming that clergy were superior to lay persons in understanding and interpreting scriptures.
Early Christian deists saw the organizational hierarchy of the trinitarian church as the means used by the professional clergy to enforce their "authority" over the lay membership of the church and to require adherence to so-called "orthodox" trinitarian doctrines.
It is important for Christian deists to review their own words, thoughts, and actions on a regular basis to recognize any way they have caused another to suffer or to recognize any failure to try to relieve suffering when possible.
www.onr.com /user/bejo/together.htm   (3148 words)

  
 where are all the deists
Many of the founding fathers of the United States were Deists or had Deist leanings.
The formal Deist has a very broad interpetation of religion and moral principles.Their search for religious values and truth may well take them into studies of other established religions or even into uncharted regions.
The informal Deists may think of themselves as Catholic, Jew, Baptist, Buddhist or a member of some other religion but in practise they don't adhere to all the traditions of their belief system.
members.allstream.net /~fnojd/wherearethedeists.html   (859 words)

  
 Modern Deism
This is encouraged as Deists want all to use their own Reason and Experiences to develop their views on God and associated aspects.
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.
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.
moderndeism.com   (776 words)

  
 Stop That Crow!: The Deists
Third, deists believed in the complete generalization of Divine Providence, in that any kind of particular intervention on God’s part was seen as unnecessary and unwanted, although this was seen in a rather positive light rather than the negative spin which the traditional Christian is sure to put on it.
This is exactly what the deists see as their theological strength, in that they believe that their version of God is simply more powerful or wiser than the traditional God which seems to have to rely upon scattered and repeated acts of particular providence.
Perhaps the criticism which most motivated the deists was the fact that traditional religion as they saw it had deprived man of his most divine and natural birthrights.
stopthatcrow.blogspot.com /2006/05/deists.html   (1047 words)

  
 PONDER Info   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
The usual reason that people become Deists, is that they have used their own reasoning to decide that Deism is the religion that best describes their own ideas about God and our relationship to God, and of God to us.
Deists also know that it is up to us humans to make the world a better place to live.
Since Deists try to use reason, and believe all people are equal, they won't follow others just because they are charming and will question any leader on just about everything.
www.deistnet.com /deismpam.htm   (1215 words)

  
 Message Forum: Re: Deists and organisation
Sorry, pet peeve of mine.) One such group is the World Union of Deists, who I wish hadn't registered deism.com and made it look like the homepage of someone who wears a tinfoil helmet.
They're still a little bit arrogant (as I freely admit Deists tend to be), but overall they're saner, nicer, and more moderate.
One of the perennial arguments at the Deist forum where I lurk revolves around whether organisation is desirable, or even good.
www.rinkworks.com /rinkforum/view.cgi?post=73032   (1050 words)

  
 Deists and Demiurges - Background   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
After the Deist Revelations, the charismatic Christians died away and the Catholics retreated to Europe (but for a few monasteries in the southwest and their mission in the capitol).
American religious life has became more pragmatic as it was freed from old ideologies, and more exploratory as people have struggled to understand what place the holy had in their lives.
Although it reacts to personal manifestations of the divine (spells and magical creatures), it does not react outside of their present, leading the Deists to believe that God is not manifest in the world.
webpages.charter.net /electricwell/GameBackDeistsDemiurges.htm   (2271 words)

  
 Danny Carlton -- alias "Jack Lewis": Those annoying Deists
I keep hearing Atheists, Agnostics and Liberal "Christians" claim that our Founding Fathers were all Deists, and that any "religious" stuff they wrote was because they were masons.
First of all only a hand full were actually Deists, most were very devout Christians.
Typically we assume by Deists, it is meant more or less like modern day Agnostics, who think there might be a God, but assume he is unknowable, or at least that's the twist they give what's really just plain old fashion apathy.
jacklewis.net /weblog/archives/2002/05/those_annoying.php   (766 words)

  
 DEISTS DON'T APPEAL TO GOD... THIS NATION'S FOUNDERS WERE NOT DEISTS
One must be completely ignorant of the founders' beliefs or unable to think logically or a liar, likely with an unAmerican agenda, to maintain that claim in the face of the definitive evidence to the contrary.
As the founders refer to the laws of nature and the God of nature here, those who are deists, or want to ascribe Deism as the founders’ belief system, may be tempted to think that the founders’ are describing their beliefs in according with definition one.
Yes, though the Deists would have us believe that the founders believed that God created the universe and then "went to Jamaica to get away from it all" (as a Political Science professor of mine once claimed) they called God, "Supreme Judge of the World" as they appealed to Him for rectitude of their intentions.
www.etherzone.com /2003/msmith022703.shtml   (872 words)

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