Welcome to NEODEISM: the exploration of God
This site was created for several reasons:
- There is a lot of misinformation about Neo-Deism which has led to some confusion.
- There have been numerous requests within the Deist community seeking more information about Neo-Deism.
- To clarify and correct a misconception in regard to Neo-Deism.
- To provide additional reputable Deism resources for further examination and community.
What you will find in this site is not meant to be a “rule to follow“. Instead, it is merely a general overview of what many Neo-Deists believe. Obviously, there will be variations (and perhaps expansions) and that is not only accepted, but it is also encouraged.
Enjoy the site and take advantage of the resources you will find within.
The Definition of NEODISM:
What follows is NOT an all-encompassing definition of NeoDeism. Instead, it is a basic overview in general terms and should be viewed as such. There will undoubtedly be variations with each deist as there are many different kinds of deism. Thank you.
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Emerging at the turn of the millennium (around 1999-2001), NeoDeism is definitely the newest sect of Deism but arguably one of the more diverse. Rooted in Classical, Modern, and Panendeism, NeoDeism clearly shares some of the same foundations. The concept that humans are all created equal under God and that all have the same natural rights remains, but they emphasize the importance of the term “unalienable”. Furthermore, they concede that moral and ethical principles are sometimes subjective and rooted in culture and society but that such views (either religious or in general), should be respected so long as they do not cause harm or oppress the views or Rights of another.
NeoDeism relies heavily on the sciences; highlighting the exploration of the universe and the expectation of alteration of fundamental understanding. With interpretations based out of logic, Occam’s Razor, and even probability curve, and with a heavy emphasis on education and the free introduction of ideas, NeoDeists still look to nature for answers but seek to better understand what God is or is not through scientific examination; all this while proactively seeking new information to adjust or alter their current understanding. Therefore, while a full understanding of what God is may not be possible due to limitations of the mind, perhaps it is then our responsibility to reduce as many of the limitations we put on ourselves; because doing so will get us closer to God. This position allows for and expects advancements in science and alterations of what is already known.
The premise remains that there is One Creator God (possibly first cause) who will not give priority in one world over another and does not value one life form over another. The Universe as we know it is probably not the only universe there is or ever has been. Earth is more than likely not the only planet containing life, and that the study of the universe is key to discovering God. Additionally, all life (based on what is known about energy and matter) is connected and occurs with some level of balance, and that perhaps all life within life is cyclical to some degree. They believe that all life is subject to cause and effect, common-cause and entanglement and that “reason” is essential for understanding.
It is also held that understanding is not always possible, but that does not negate proof. It merely means that we have not found that proof or perhaps understand what the data suggests as of yet. It is believed that true understanding is a process and instant gratification is not always an option. NeoDeists seek that understanding and want to know God for what God really is – regardless of what that answer might be or mean.
The Human Situation and Life’s Purpose
- Man is born free and should remain free.
- All men are equal.
- Natural Law and the Laws of Nature are true governors.
- The individual is not so special in the grand scheme of things. We can, however, advance ourselves collectively through reason, understanding, and cooperation.
- The purpose of life is to further our understanding of the world in which we live and teach future generations this information so that they can expand upon that knowledge and improve as we evolve. Only through this cause and effect scenario can we as a species advance out of our (somewhat) primitive state.
- Science continually introduces new information that changes or challenges what we know as a species. Neodeism takes into account (and often relies on the fact) that information will change and we must be fluid enough to not only accept this new information for a better understanding but also to properly understand the context and act in a way that benefits the human condition.
- Evolution is a natural part of creation and spontaneous generation does not exist.
- While things evolve over time, it is also true that cause and effect exists; which means there would have to be a first-cause.
- Energy never dies, it simply transfers or changes form. Matter is energy. Consciousness is energy. There is eternal life in this regard, but knowing how this applies or what this means for us individually may not be truly known until it happens. Presumptions are usually not made.
- Some NeoDeists practice prayer of thanks – not of requests.
- Cremation or open burial is often preferred to expedite our part in energy transfer.
- NeoDeists dedicate their life to learning and teaching.
Reason, Religion and the Trinion Contradictions: Second Edition. United States: DMR Publications, 2017. Print.
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