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Deism is the belief in a single creator God whose sole task was to design and implement the Universe and then to let it all play out1,2. As a being that is beyond time, beyond change, and utterly transcendental, God doesn't interfere or meddle in its own great plan. All of time, all events, are the product of the omniscient plan of God and so once set in motion, there is no need for God to perform miracles, found religions, communicate with any particular being, or interact in any way. Deists tend to be skeptical of all such religious claims unless they are rationally acceptable1. Such things would only need to be done if the original plan was not as perfect as it could have been. Therefore, deism does not permit organized beliefs, organized religion or any dogmas at all. It is the purest and most innocent form of theism, but is also the most pointless, where belief in God is almost completely inconsequential. It is an ancient doctrine, known in ancient Greece as logos3. Thomas Hobbes in (1651) made the deistic argument that nature itself is "the art whereby God hath made and governes the world"4. Because of its lack of supernaturalism, magic and ritual, deism only suits those who can fit their personal spirituality into a logical and dry box, whereas most religious folk are interested in religions that have social, irrational, emotional and procedural aspects5. Therefore, deism has always been proclaimed by only a small number of people.

By Vexen Crabtree 2015 Dec 30
http://www.humanreligions.info/deism.html
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Crabtree, Vexen
(2013) "What Causes Religion and Superstitions?" (2013). Accessed 2017 Feb 17.

Drachmann, Anders Björn. (1860-1935) Professor of Classical Philology in the University of Copenhagen.
(1922) Atheism in Pagan Antiquity. E-book. Gutenberg Project ebook. Originally published 1919 in Danish, Kjoebenhavns Universitets Festskrift. Translated by Ingeborg Andersen.

Hinnells, John R.. Currently professor of theology at Liverpool Hope University.
(1997, Ed.) The Penguin Dictionary of Religions. Paperback book. Originally published 1984. Current version published by Penguin Books, London, UK. References to this book simply state the title of the entry used.

Hobbes, Thomas
(1651) Leviathan. E-book. Amazon Kindle digital edition produced by Edward White, British Columbia, Canada from the Pelican Classics edition.

Main, Roderick
(2002) Religion, Science and the New Age. This essay is chapter 5 of "Belief Beyond Boundaries: Wicca, Celtic Spirituality and the New Age" by Joanne Pearson (2002) (pages p173-224).

Pearson, Joanne
(2002, Ed.) Belief Beyond Boundaries: Wicca, Celtic Spirituality and the New Age. Paperback book. Published by Ashgate Publishing Ltd, Aldershot, UK, in association with The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK.

Footnotes

  1. Main (2002) p218.^
  2. Hinnells (1997) entry on Deism. The author points out that before the 18th century, early deists did still accept that some miracles and interventions were genuine.^
  3. Used in a deistic way by the Stoics, but there are also multiple other uses of the word in Greek history.^
  4. Hobbes (1651) Introduction, digital location 63-67.^
  5. "What Causes Religion and Superstitions?" by Vexen Crabtree (2013)^
  6. Drachmann (1922) chapter 4.^
  7. Drachmann (1922) chapter 5.^
  8. Main (2002) p177.^

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