Religious Deism - definitely religious but very different from modern/secular deism
Religious Deism - definitely religious but very different from modern/secular deism According to Peter Gay in his book Deism: An Anthology, “The best known Deists....were talented publicists, clear without being deep, forceful but not subtle…”. He also said that “By the 1730s, nearly all the arguments on behalf of Deism….had been offered and refined” insisting that “It had all been said before and better...”.
Religious Deists would tend to agree with this statement. However, Religious Deism is not classical deism of the 18th Century nor modern secular deism. Nonetheless, what is written here about Religious Deism is clear and forceful but without the depth and complications of a treatise from a traditional philosopher or theologian – which we hope makes it more accessible. And, it is also a considerably more logical, non-contradictory and therefore better theology with greater potential for traction than the “theology” that classical deists offered the American founding fathers. This classical deism of the past and secular deism of today, though noble efforts to find the truth about God and our existence, do not offer viable theologies, truly religious alternatives, or reason-based hope like RD offers. In fact, like atheism, both classical deism and secular deism were and are essentially anti-religious or at least areligious while Religious Deism is, as its title suggests, unapologetically religious in nature. Religious Deism fills this void by being on one hand religiously-focused and hope-filled while also being incredibly clear and reason-based, something that revealed religions, secular deism and atheism cannot offer. These characteristics and differences are further explained in different sections of this website.