World Union of Deists
The World Union of Deists on its website in a honest solid good faith effort attempting to define Deism essentially relys upon the 1941 Webster's Encyclopedic Dictionary, that its quotes:
Deism "[From Latin Deus, God.Deity] The doctrine or creed of a Deists" And Deist is defined in the same dictionary as: "One who believes in the existence of a God or supreme being but denies "revealed religion", basing his belief on the light of nature and reason."
They state "This common sense approach to God and a spiritual philosophy can not only bring a lasting profound sense of peace and happiness to the individual, but it also has the potential to go light years in eradicating religious fear, superstition and violence."
Unfortunately in that their definition in reliance upon whoever may can claim to be a Deist, what ever they say, as it relates to "revealed religion", we must hesitate and object contending that such a definition is faulty, overly broad, and inconclusive.
We argue in rejecting the that mentions of "revealed religion" is insufficent in the modern sense to define matters, as in fact "Theists" commonly have advanced propositions that include attempts to explain acceptance of the "supernatural" bases in superstition, ignorance, and charletanism that we most severely reject.
In fact "Theists" have often attempted to create arguments that incorporate scientific methodology into their belief system by claiming scientific basis while maintaining adherence to thoughts that are illfounded rationalizations. From Thomas Aquinas, Maimonides, Christian Science, Sciencetology.
The World Union of Deists relying on a rejection of "revealed religion" we can genearlly agree, but not as they stated their argument, "revealed religion":
"which perceives a symbolic center in a set of revelations allegedly given by a deity, and often transcribed into a sacred text. Four prominent examples are Zoroastrianism, Christianity , Islam, and JudaismJudaism. The first three all believe in one god who rules over a heavenly hierarchy of angels and archangels. Zoroastrianism is revealed in the Avesta, Christianity in the New Testament, Islam in the Qur'an, and Judaism in the Tanakh. Christianity also respects a version of some of Judaic scriptures that are important for prophesying the coming of Christ and to which the Christian Gospels and Epistles refer" (Wikipedia) (About.com adds Sikhism)
That rejection also rejects in traditional religion what Deists have traditionally never rejected in totality so as to allow "Theists" to attempt a monopoly of what they the "Theists" don't own.
Wikipedia continues saying that "Not all religions that use religious texts are considered revealed religions, however. Taoism, for example, does not consider the Tao Te Ching to have been revealed by any deity, but instead regards it as the written wisdom and philosophy of their founder, Laozi." (which we agree). But where in implied meaning continues stating "It is only those religions that consider their doctrines to have been revealed to them by a deity that can be considered revealed religions." that they suggest in regard to four major branchs of religion we strenously protest they have no basis to suggest a historical concensus of opinion to support them. Undoubtedly references to "commonly described as Law-giving Religions, the Revealed Religions are those which find their symbolic center in some set of revelations handed down by a god or god" (About.com), are errors that can be seen are derived from other erroneous sources for we also strenously disagree that those "revelations are normally contained in the religion's holy scriptures which, in turn, have been transmitted to the rest of us by specially revered prophets of the god or gods." (ibid. About.com) as they state in their use lacking quotation marks.
ABOUT.Com 1. Clearly points out a ponit of reference which affect Deists who have Pantheist conceptional basises in they state
"Scriptures, however, are not the only form of revelation which can be given to humanity by God. Another common form of revelation can include miracles which, by their very nature, communicate the will or desires of God." (ibid. About.com) as pantheist Deists may and do as nature is constantly a product of itself in what we can agree is a very presausive argument.
We agree: What is the basis of Deism ? Reason and nature. We see the design found throughout the known universe and this realization brings us to a sound belief in a Designer or God. Specifically we define "God as the essence of all that which is true, good, and life/living."
WE HAVE MIXED VIEWS OF THEM SAYING :
"Is Deism a form of atheism? No. Atheism teaches that there is no God. Deism teaches there is a God. Deism rejects the "revelations" of the "revealed" religions but does not reject God, but conject additionally that using Gandhi's "Truth is God" we see Atheists not Atheists but as Deists, though Atheists deny they are Theists or Deists.
WE DISAGREE that: "All the other religions make claim to special divine revelation or they have requisite "holy" books.", as we say for the most part, most often they do.
WE AGREE: " Deism has neither. In Deism there is no need for a preacher, priest or rabbi. All one needs in Deism is their own common sense and the creation to contemplate."
"Do Deists believe that God created the creation and the world and then just stepped back from it?
WE AGREE: "Some Deists do and some believe God may intervene in human affairs. For example, when George Washington was faced with either a very risky evacuation of the American troops from Long Island or surrendering them he chose the more risky evacuation. When questioned about the possibility of having them annihilated he said it was the best he could do and the rest is up to Providence." though we may argue that was a form of speech not clear prouncement.
Do Deists pray? WE SAY NO THEY SAY "Only prayers of thanks and appreciation." as WE AGREE "We don't dictate to God."
WE AGREE: "Deism doesn't claim to have all the answers to everything, we just claim to be on the right path to those" answers.