Question 15

Question: Shouldn’t deists, by definition, be independent from each other and have only in common the ‘There is something else.’? (be it a creator-god, caring-god, absent-god, alien-creator, etc.) –Naery

Answer: This is correct.  There is no Deist Dogma, no statement of the Deist faith, and no holy book to guide us.  We all come to personal views of the higher cause by way of our own reason and experience.  Similarities come as coincidence, and sometimes simply because of the direction that the one who taught a person about deism set them on.  However, I can show a new deist my beliefs, and come back in a month to find a person that holds different beliefs than mine.

Brian Humanistic Jones

One Response to “Question 15”

  1. sidfaiwu says:

    I slightly disagree with you here, Brian (but we’re permitted to. We’re Deists!). I think that human reasoning applied to observable evidence in nature leads to a consensus on many truths. When applied to the natural world, we call that science. When applied to how we treat one-another and other living things, we call that ethics.

    Where you are correct is when Deists speculate on, hold out hope for, or even have faith in, things that cannot yet be proven or disproven. As long as the ‘thing’ contradicts neither observable evidence nor reason, then we accept those beliefs as independent from other Deists.

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