How and Why Religious Deists are Jesus agnostics

How and Why Religious Deists are Jesus agnostics

Along the lines of the last blog article, Religious Deists are also “agnostics” of sorts when it comes to the divinity of Jesus. RDs believe that most of what is attributed to Jesus in word and action is noteworthy and in many cases unique to his time. Unlike spiritual God, whose existence we should not try to determine via the empirical, Jesus was a man who lived on earth and therefore was part of our physical world. While Christians will insist that revelation alone is sufficient to determine the divinity of the physical Jesus, atheists, agnostics, classical deists and Religious Deists require something more empirical. And, Religious Deists would insist, like agnostics, that from the information that exists, we cannot know if Jesus was the son of God. And, if we were had to take a stand on this issue, we would be forced to say that he probably was not the son of God. Religious Deists refuse to base their theology on revelation and specifically that which has evolved from Christianity, something which is beyond uncertain and based on revealed documents and accounts that really do not stand up to the empirical test of time.

Religious Deism recommends the books Zealot by Reza Aslan and Misquoting Jesus by Bart D. Eherman with regards to this issue. Thanks to their detailed analysis, one is able to understand how the Bible has changed over time because of embelishment, error and efforts by those in power in the Church to create the Jesus that best matched their beliefs and theology. Reza Aslan’s description of how Paul and Luke wrestled control of the post-Jesus Church from Peter, John and Jesus’ brother James to create a religion and theology that would distance itself from what appeared to be priorities for Jesus to a more marketable “product” that would better resonate within the Roman Empire is noteworthy. From these sources and many others, Religious Deists believe that we cannot really know who Jesus the man was, and in many respects what he truly said or what he did. Therefore, we cannot base and believe we should not base Religious Deist theology on such a questionable historical figure. We do not say that Jesus was not the son of God, we are simply “agnostic” to the idea, believing that we cannot confirm nor deny his divinity.


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