While Religious Deism is a theological alternative to Christianity and atheism, it also has some important,
resonating similarities that people might not be aware of. Let me describe these similarities from the most to
the least deistic of these options, similarities that demonstrate that the hope and reason-based RD theology is
just as natural and human in its tone and characteristics – if not more so - as any of the other traditional theologies.
Like Christianity, RD theology establishes a belief in one God, a benevolent, perfect and all-powerful God,
a reckoning with a purgatory of sorts, an afterlife with God, hope in the next world, and religious faith when
it does not contradict reason and logic. RDs like Christians are non-relativist in their moral stances and pro-organized
religion in its outlook. Like Christians, RDs pray a version of the Christian Our Father (Religious Deism “Maywe” Our
Father prayer) and believe in almost all aspects of Christian morality, especially the 7 Virtues (Chastity, Temperance,
Charity, Diligence, Patience, Kindness, Humility), the 7 Cardinal Sins (Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Sloth/Acedia, Wrath,
Envy, Pride/Vanity), and the 4 Cardinal Virtues (Prudence, Justice, Temperance, Courage).
Like secular or classical deism, RDs believe in one God, a perfect and all powerful God, the importance of reason
and logic in theology, and the non-intervention of God on earth. Like agnostics, RDs have theological doubts and accept
that there are no empirical proofs of the existence of God or the afterlife. Likewise, RDs are agnostic about Jesus
being the Son of God in the same way that agnostics are about the existence of God. Like atheists, RDs are humanists
of sorts, and the RD sacred search for theological contradictionlessness is similar to the dedication that many atheists
have for the search for the truth about humanity and the universe. And, like atheists, agnostics, and
classical deists, RDs believe in the use of empirical proofs to determine the divinity of Jesus, legitimacy of earthly issues including
religious truth, the lack of intervention by any God or any spirit on earth, and in the separation of religion and state.
We have created a comparative table that describes those elements of Christianity, secular deism and atheism/agnosticism
that can be found in Religious Deism, and those elements that RD does not include or rejects.