American comedian Jeff Foxworthy became famous for making fun of himself and others he refers to as Rednecks. With several fellow comedians , Jeff started the Blue Collar Comedy Tour . The theme of their act is, “You are a Redneck if you …………”
As many of you know, since I started blogging , I have referred to myself as a Deist. I thought I would start my very first post by saying , “You might be a Deist if you …….” My fellow blogger and friend Arkenaten is the one who encouraged me to do a post of my own. Well here goes nothing . 🙂
You are a Deist if …………..
Critical elements of deist thought included:
- Rejection of religions based on books that claim to contain the revealed word of God.
- Rejection of religious dogma and demagogy.
- Skepticism of reports of miracles, prophecies and religious “mysteries”.
Constructive elements of deist thought included:
- God exists and created the universe.
- God gave humans the ability to reason.
Deism (i/ˈdiː.ɪzəm/ or /ˈdeɪ.ɪzəm/) is the belief that reason and observation of the natural world are sufficient to determine the existence of a Creator, accompanied with the rejection of revelation and authority as a source of religious knowledge. Deism gained prominence in the 17th and 18th centuries during the Age of Enlightenment—especially in Britain, France, Germany, and the United States—among intellectuals raised as Christians who believed in one god, but found fault with organized religion and did not believe in supernatural events such as miracles, the inerrancy of scriptures, or the Trinity.
There seems to be a clear line drawn in the sand dividing Theists and Atheists. Could some of these people actually be Deists like me as I have defined above ?