TonyHawks 712 wrote:Upon further review, I wonder if this designation is even necessary at all. Is agreeing with the teachings of Jesus really a reason to hyphenate Deism? Not to belittle anyone else's beliefs, but my finding relevance in Sun Tzu's The Art of War doesn't make me a Sun Tzu-Deist. My seeing the logic in the writings of Confucius doesn't make me a Confucian-Deist. And I don't believe that my appreciation for the teachings of Jesus makes me a Christian-, or Jesus-, Deist. It just means I'm a Deist that thinks Jesus was an exceptional human being who shared some wisdom that all mankind can benefit from. Are Christian-Deists saying they believe that the teachings of Jesus are above all other writings and equal to their belief in God, even though they don't acknowledge him as the Son of God? That just doesn't seem logical to me...
Very true; I find objective truths in Asatru and Buddhism as well as Catholicism, but I prefer to simply explain that to people if they inquire about my specific beliefs. Otherwise, I just stick with the label of Deist
and, as much as I like to clarify things, I accept that it's not easy or even desirable to constantly hyphenate everything in a vain effort to accurately advertise my beliefs and stances from the get-go. Labels are how humans understand and classify things, but not everything is easily labeled and categorized.
I can understand that some folks can accurately call themselves "Christian Deists" because, despite denying the divinity of Jesus, they still affirm the moral teachings of Jesus and also those of various Christian sects and Christian theology heavily shapes their own views on God. Otherwise, for the rest of us who find as much or even more objective truth and personal appeal in other religions, it's better to just stick with the single label of Deist
I know that, for myself, getting away from feeling the need to hyphenate everything is immensely freeing.