• The Three R's and the "So What?" of Deism

    When I first visited Positive Deism, there was a tag line that went “Reason and respect in all you think, say and do” – I believe it should be credited to Steve Dowell, founder of PD. This has proved to be an excellent motto, almost a code of conduct for Positive Deism discussions – and I think it alludes to our actions as well as our thoughts and words. Steve Dowell also wrote an excellent essay which still features on the front page of Positive Deism about why Deism is a relevant and “modern religious paradigm” – a sensible belief system, we might say. More recently, we have (again) discussed the effectiveness of the “positive approach” and

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Friday, 20 June 2014 14:27

The Three R's and the "So What?" of Deism

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When I first visited Positive Deism, there was a tag line that went “Reason and respect in all you think, say and do” – I believe it should be credited to Steve Dowell, founder of PD. This has proved to be an excellent motto, almost a code of conduct for Positive Deism discussions – and I think it alludes to our actions as well as our thoughts and words. Steve Dowell also wrote an excellent essay which still features on the front page of Positive Deism about why Deism is a relevant and “modern religious paradigm” – a sensible belief system, we might say. More recently, we have (again) discussed the effectiveness of the “positive approach” and what might make Deism more attractive to, and retentive of, newcomers to Deism in general and Positive Deism in particular. A question that seems to pop up from time to time when these discussions are raised is “so what?” A god who stubbornly refuses to intervene, might just as well be the “no-God” of atheism. So of what practical benefit is it to believe in the existence on the Deist god?

Sunday, 19 May 2013 11:24

Death – Then What?

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A tribute to my Mother

As I enter the seventh decade of my life I look back on all the people that have been a part of it. There were many: some long-time friends, many, many casual acquaintances, work-mates, close female relationships, family relationships. By far the most wonderful person was my mother. She had a handful putting up with this wretch of a son writing now. She loved life, loved her family, loved her Christian God; and she was loved and respected by all around her. She worked hard to raise a family of three boys, her house was always fresh and homely, the garden tended with loving care, she had a full-time job and always had time for voluntary work with her church. When trouble arose the remedy was to put the kettle on for a cup of tea and a heart-to-heart; never a flaming row.

Saturday, 02 February 2013 10:25

Why Deism?

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A medley of perspectives from a joint effort of the members of Positive Deism.

Who benefits from being a Deist? The Deist? If the answer to that question is "yes", does Deism then have relevance in society? If the answer to that question is "no", then why Deism? What behaviors and actions should one expect to observe in those who call themselves Deists? What difference does Deism make? These are the questions we ask ourselves. We do not wish to become bogged in the mire of destructive criticism and boring supposition. Instead, let us follow the example of great leaders of our past who have inspired us as thinkers, doers, and constructionists. We should remember that many of these great leaders were Deists. 

 

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About Positive Deism

Positive Deism is simply keeping our focus on what Deism is instead of focusing on what Deism isn't. Traditionally, Deism has tended to spend much of its time being anti-Christian (negative). However, we want to confine our focus here to Deism. We are most concerned with everything that is Deistic in nature and would like to advance our knowledge and experience of it (positive).

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From the back cover: "Thomas  Paine, who was one of the founding fathers of the United States of America, held to a religious philosophy called 'Deism'. Age of Reason was the book he wrote to share his reason-based theological beliefs with the world. The book was written in the 18th century, so we have paraphrased Mr. Paine's classic work into modern English in order to make it more accessible to modern-day readers." Purchase of this paperback, and other items in the store, will help support the Positive Deism website.