Let's get straight to the point. I have been diagnosed with a terminal disease (lung cancer), and due to Stage IV metastasis, I cannot look forward to a "cure". My condition is believed to be treatable (I will find out more on Tuesday), and the goal of my treatment will be to afford me the greatest quantity/length of life (hopefully several more years) at the highest possible quality of life (relatively free of pain).
In short, it is time for me to "get my affairs in order" and assess my current spiritual path. Does this path still serve my spirital needs? And will it continue to serve as a guide to the pathway's end?
I have spent several years trying to figure out what it means to live as a Deist, and now I must contemplate what it means to die as a Deist. That is what this discussion will be about, and where it will go, I cannot say. it will be held in two different places simultaneously: here in the Deist Spirituality Forum of Positive Deism and in the Reason & Spirit in our Daily Lives Forum on Reasoned Spirituality. You can follow one discussion or both or neither. It's entirely your choice.
For this, the Positive Deism discussion, I want to talk about Deism as a complete philosophy and its ability to address our everyday spiritual needs without having to draw heavily on other philosophies to answer the most important questions. For the Reason & Spirit in our Daily Lives Forum on Reasoned Spirituality I want to talk more about what we've added or clarifed, and how these changes have improved our ability to meet our needs. But don't feel you need to limit yourself in either forum.
(For the folks who haven't been reading these discussions all that long, a brief history: My initial contributions to the Deist Alliance have been the Church of Natures God, Deist.info, and Unified Deism. Nature's God has been a study to find out how to build a small community of Deists and other like-minded individuals who can learn to live together in a common spiritual tradition, free of dogma. Nature's God has been a mixed bag. The many undertakings that began there (Deist calendar, the Ethan Allen Modernization, the Deist Convention, taking on the Contemporary Deism Project, which eventually led to the publication of Deist: So That's What I Am!, etc.) gathered support on Positive Deism and throughout the DA. I recently closed the discussion forum on Nature's God, because it had become a forum for one member to perpetuate his own conspiracy theories. I will soon archive the rest of the site. Deist.info was a site started by Steve Zinn (bearcub). Through some odd circumstances, he lost the domain. I got it back, but he decided to leave the online Deist community, and so I tried to build it into one of the largest repositories on Deism available anywhere. It is too lare a project for one person to maintain. I would love to see a group of folks pick it up again as a project. If interested, contact me. Unified Deism was an effort by Dad, Dave Gaddis, and me to better organize our efforts to promote Deism and build an online Deist community. It was a wonder experiment that suffered from some interpersonal conflicts that were largely resolved. We, nonetheless, reorganized as the Center for Reasoned Spirituality (DfRS). Unified Deism is still part of CfRS.)
I would rather spend a lifetime hoping for something and being wrong than a lifetime expecting nothing and being right. --Source unknownhttp://reasonandspirit.com/