Deistic Theism vs Non-deistic Theism
Deism and atheism are effectively the same thing, and failure to acknowledge this may prove to be humanity’s greatest weakness.
To the extent that our actions are influenced by our position pertaining a god, there are essentially just two positions, those who believe God punishes and rewards our behavior, and those who don’t. In other words, those who believe there is no god, and those who believe in a non-intervening god are consequentially identical in contrast to those who believe God does intervene. Yet from the litany of words identifying the spectrum of ideological positions, we have none that definitively identify this single most critical distinction.
Commonly accepted definitions:
- Theist = One who believes there is a god.
- Atheist = One who believes there is no god.
- Deist = One who believes there is a non-intervening god.
- Agnostic = One who holds no position on the existence of a god.
Considering ‘deism’ to be a form of ‘theism’, as it typically is, conflates the notion of ‘deism’ with ‘non-deistic theism’, therein allowing ‘non-deistic theists’ to defend their position by merely defending ‘deism’, as is done all too often with statements like “the complexity of the universe is evidence of an intelligent designer”, this argument in no way addresses scripture, prophecy or any other form of post-creation intervention.
The same extends to the words ‘atheist’ and ‘agnostic’. ‘Atheist’ is accepted as meaning “one who believes there is neither a ‘deistic’ nor a ‘non-deistic’ god”, two vastly different positions. ‘Agnostic’ is accepted as meaning “one who holds no position on the existence of both a ‘deistic’ and a ‘non-deistic’ god”, again, two vastly different positions.
Many terms have been coined to specifically articulate this distinction, yet somehow they seem to always become redefined, losing their original intent. ‘Religion’ for instance is now accepted as meaning ‘any strongly held position’, effectively rendering ‘atheism’ to now be considered a ‘religion’, the very thing it’s meant to object.
Is it possible that most of humanity regardless of whether they believe, don’t, or are indifferent to the notion of a creator, find utterly ridiculous the claim that this creator wrote a book giving a particular human (Abraham) a particular piece of land, split a sea or suspends nature in any way, yet because there are no appropriate terms identifying us, we remain unacknowledged and dominated by fanatics?
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