Unraveling Deism: “Dude, God lets us think for ourselves”

 

“In Deism, our reason and our belief are happily united.” – Thomas Paine

It’s usually difficult for a philosopher to reconcile his reasoning with religion. I, for one, feel incarcerated within the limiting confines of a religion. The negativities and inconsistencies that plague the majority of the world’s religions leave the rational part of me swirling in vortices of pitfalls as fanatics try to deter my advance to logic.

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And while religions try to keep people from escaping their traditions and age-old mores, Deism offers recourse.

Deism, while not entirely new, is fairly unheard of. For those who have no idea what Deism is, it can actually be summed up in this simple equation:

Belief in God + God-given reasoning = Deism

You see, I believe that God and religion are not one and the same—in the same way that Thomas Aquinas dichotomized philosophy (based on human reason) and religion (based on divine revelation). People can believe in God and not compromise the nudging of their logical faculties. People can think for themselves and not be coerced into subservience by a slew of arcane laws or man-made decrees.

Man is rational because he is inherently rational, not because his religion says so.

Thomas Paine, the man who brought Deistic consciousness to the world, has this to say:

“There is a happiness in Deism, when rightly understood, that is not to be found in any other system of religion. All other systems have something in them that either shock our reason, or are repugnant to it, and man, if he thinks at all, must stifle his reason in order to force himself to believe them. But in Deism, our reason and our belief become happily united. The wonderful structure of the universe, and everything we behold in the system of the creation, prove to us, far better than books can do, the existence of a God, and at the same time proclaim His attributes.”

Hello, thinking beings. I’m Lou Habash, a philosophy professor, and staunch proponent of reasoning. Don’t hate on me. It’s not me. It’s my philosophy.

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