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  • The Faith of Our Fathers: Was the faith of the Founding Fathers deism or Christianity?

    07/06/2014 8:09:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Stand to Reason ^ | Greg Koukl
    Was the faith of the Founding Fathers deism or Christianity? What does the answer mean for us today? Both the secularists and the Christians have missed the mark.There's been a lot of rustle in the press lately--and in many Christian publications--about the faith of the Founding Fathers and the status of the United States as a "Christian nation." Home schooling texts abound with references to our religious heritage, and entire organizations are dedicated to returning America to its spiritual roots. On the other side, secularists cry "foul" and parade their own list of notables among our country's patriarchs. They...
  • Is God an Alien Mathematician?

    01/22/2011 9:25:57 AM PST · by Pride_of_the_Bluegrass · 13 replies
    h+ ^ | Ben Goertzel and Hugo de Garis
    BEN GOERTZEL: Hugo, you've recently published an article on KurzweilAI.net titled "From Cosmism to Deism”, which essentially posits a transhumanist argument that some sort of “God” exists, i.e. some sort of intelligent creator of our universe – and furthermore that this “creator” is probably some sort of mathematician. I'm curious to ask you some questions digging a little deeper into your thinking on these (fun, albeit rather far-out) issues. Could you start out by clarifying what you mean by the two terms in the title of your article, cosmism and deism? (I know what I mean by Cosmism, and I...
  • Moralistic Therapeutic Deism--the New American Religion

    08/31/2010 9:12:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/30/2010 | Albert Mohler Jr.
    When Christian Smith and his fellow researchers with the National Study of Youth and Religion at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill took a close look at the religious beliefs held by American teenagers, they found that the faith held and described by most adolescents came down to something the researchers identified as "Moralistic Therapeutic Deism." As described by Smith and his team, Moralistic Therapeutic Deism consists of beliefs like these: 1. "A god exists who created and ordered the world and watches over human life on earth." 2. "God wants people to be good, nice, and fair...
  • Sam Adams' Letter to Thomas Paine (Christianity vs. Deism)

    07/04/2010 9:35:21 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 12 replies
    deism.com ^ | November 30, 1802 | Samuel Adams
    Sir: I have frequently with pleasure reflected on your services to my native and your adopted country. Your "Common Sense" and your "Crisis" unquestionably awakened the public mind, and led the people loudly to call for a declaration of our national independence. I therefore esteemed you as a warm friend to the liberty and lasting welfare of the human race. But when I heard that you had turned your mind to a defense of infidelity, I felt myself much astonished and more grieved that you had attempted a measure so injurious to the feelings and so repugnant to the true...
  • Darwin, Lyell and Origin of Species (unscientific aspects of Darwin's ToE explored)

    11/05/2009 10:29:44 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 78 replies · 1,656+ views
    CMI ^ | November 5, 2009 | Dominic Statham
    The ideal of the coolly rational scientific observer, completely independent, free of all preconceived theories, prior philosophical, ethical and religious commitments, doing investigations and coming to dispassionate, unbiased conclusions that constitute truth, is nowadays regarded by serious philosophers of science (and, indeed, most scientists) as a simplistic myth...
  • Breaking the Cease-Fire Between Science and Religion

    07/09/2009 6:45:37 AM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 50 replies · 1,448+ views
    The Jewish Daily Forward ^ | 7/8/'09 | David Klinghoffer
    What is portrayed as the debate between religion and science feels increasingly like watching the very bitter dissolution of a doomed marriage. The relationship started out all roses and kisses, proceeded to doubts and regrets, then fights and silences, a mutually agreed separation, and finally to curses and maledictions: “I wish you were dead!” In a recent Wall Street Journal opinion article, cosmologist Lawrence Krauss declared “the inconsistency of belief in an activist god with modern science.” Krauss’s essay was the latest eruption of a vituperative argument going on in the scientific community over “accommodationism.” Accommodationists hold that even atheists...
  • Death By Deism: No merely civil religion alone can sustain a free republic.

    04/21/2009 7:32:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies · 443+ views
    Christianity Today ^ | 4/202/009 | Collin Hansen
    Though they aren't journalists, Christian Smith and Melinda Lundquist Denton broke one of the biggest stories in contemporary religion with their 2005 book Soul Searching: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers. Conducting the most comprehensive study of religion and teenagers to date, the sociologists discovered a newly dominant creed that they dubbed Moralistic Therapeutic Deism (MTD). Rather than transformative revelation from God, religion has become a utility for enhancing a teenager's life. Smith and Denton lay out the five points of MTD: 1. A God exists who created and ordered the world and watches over human life on...
  • Is Richard Dawkins still evolving? (He now says a case could be made for a deistic God.)

    10/24/2008 5:33:34 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies · 1,196+ views
    The Spectator ^ | October 23, 2008 | Melanie Phillips
    On Tuesday evening I attended the debate between Richard Dawkins and John Lennox at Oxford’s Natural History Museum. This was the second public encounter between the two men, but it turned out to be very different from the first. Lennox is the Oxford mathematics professor whose book, God’s Undertaker: Has Science Buried God? is to my mind an excoriating demolition of Dawkins’s overreach from biology into religion as expressed in his book The God Delusion -- all the more devastating because Lennox attacks him on the basis of science itself. In the first debate, which can be seen on video...
  • The real George Washington?

    12/17/2006 11:22:59 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 12 replies · 859+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | December 17, 2006 | GARY SCOTT SMITH
    Even before he died in December 1799, a battle began over the nature and significance of George Washington's faith. Was the father of our country a deist, a Unitarian, a lukewarm Christian, or a fervent evangelical? Popular paintings depict Washington praying in the snow at Valley Forge during the Revolutionary War and ascending to heaven after his death. Few of the varied aspects of the Virginian's life have caused as much contention as his religious beliefs and habits. Moreover, no other president has had his religious life so distorted by folklore. Given Washington's immense contributions to the American republic, semi-divine...
  • Traitors to the Enlightenment - Europe turns its back on Socrates, Locke, et al.

    10/02/2006 6:28:07 PM PDT · by neverdem · 60 replies · 3,038+ views
    National Review Online ^ | October 02, 2006 | Victor Davis Hanson
    October 02, 2006, 6:02 a.m. Traitors to the EnlightenmentEurope turns its back on Socrates, Locke, et al. By Victor Davis Hanson The first Western Enlightenment of the Greek fifth-century B.C. sought to explain natural phenomena through reason rather than superstition alone. Ethics were to be discussed in the realm of logic as well as religion. Much of what Pythagoras, Socrates, Plato, and the Sophists thought may today seem self-evident, if not at times nonsensical. But that century was the beginning of the uniquely Western attempt to bring to the human experience empiricism, self-criticism, irony, and tolerance in thinking. The...
  • George Washington: Christian Gentleman

    04/04/2006 6:13:56 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 16 replies · 1,983+ views
    HUMAN EVENTS ^ | Apr 03, 2006 | James C. Roberts
    A common and false impression about America’s Founding Fathers is that they were deists -- that is, they believed in a "watchmaker" God who set the universe in motion and then stepped aside to let it run itself. The deist god lacks the interest, or the power, to intervene in human affairs. Michael Novak, a celebrated theologian and author, convincingly rebutted this misconception in his book, "On Two Wings: Humble Faith and Common Sense at the American Founding." In "Washington's God," Novak and his daughter Jana turn their attention to the religious beliefs of America's first and greatest President. The...
  • Divining W : Inside the God that George Washington Worships ( Was he Deist or Christian ?)

    02/22/2006 8:38:05 AM PST · by SirLinksalot · 87 replies · 1,394+ views
    National Review ^ | 02/20/2006 | Michael and Jana Novak
    Divining W : Inside Washington’s God. An NRO Q&A Michael and Jana Novak, father and daughter, are authors of Washington's God, to be released early next month. Take a President's Day preview of the book here. Q: Who is Washington's God? A: The Great God Jehovah who led the people of Israel long ago, the same benevolent Providence that led the way through many dark times to the independence of the United States. That is the God Washington described in his letter to the Synagogue in Savannah, after the war. Washington was an active vestryman in his local Anglican...
  • Note to Tom Sullivan: Thomas Jefferson was not a Deist.

    04/28/2005 11:23:24 AM PDT · by PhilipFreneau · 73 replies · 2,460+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | 4/28/2005 | D. James Kennedy, Ph.D.
    Talk Radio Host Tom Sullivan, sitting in today for Rush Limbaugh, failed to challenge a caller (a self-declared "secularist") who labeled Jefferson a 'Deist'. Thomas Jefferson was no deist. In the source column, Dr. James Kennedy wrote: "While Jefferson has been lionized by those who seek to drive religion from public life, the true Thomas Jefferson is anything but their friend. He was anything but irreligious, anything but an enemy to Christian faith. Our nation's third president was, in fact, a student of Scripture who attended church regularly, and was an active member of the Anglican Church, where he served...
  • Flew's Flawed Science - [critique of Antony Flew's 'conversion']

    02/01/2005 5:41:20 AM PST · by snarks_when_bored · 21 replies · 1,635+ views
    Free Inquiry magazine, Volume 25, Number 2 ^ | February/March 2005 | Victor J. Stenger
    Flew's Flawed Science by Victor J. Stenger The following article is from Free Inquiry magazine, Volume 25, Number 2. The late-in-life “conversion” of philosopher Antony Flew from atheism to belief in God has been widely reported in the media.1 In a recent interview with Gary Habermas, misleadingly titled “My Pilgrimage from Atheism to Theism,” Flew explains his new position, which he identifies as deism rather than theism.2 Richard Carrier has also conducted a correspondence with Flew, which clarifies some of the issues.3Flew has not changed his mind on the inadequacy of the various philosophical arguments for God, which he...
  • Famous Atheist Now Believes in God

    12/09/2004 2:53:43 PM PST · by Stringfellow Hawke · 12 replies · 1,094+ views
    Associated Press ^ | December 09, 2004 | Associated Press
    NEW YORK Dec 9, 2004 — A British philosophy professor who has been a leading champion of atheism for more than a half-century has changed his mind. He now believes in God more or less based on scientific evidence, and says so on a video released Thursday. At age 81, after decades of insisting belief is a mistake, Antony Flew has concluded that some sort of intelligence or first cause must have created the universe. A super-intelligence is the only good explanation for the origin of life and the complexity of nature, Flew said in a telephone interview from England....
  • The Founding Fathers and Deism

    11/08/2004 11:41:14 AM PST · by Conservative Coulter Fan · 61 replies · 7,322+ views
    WallBuilders ^ | David Barton
    (We receive numerous requests from across the country to answer various editorials and letters-to-the-editor. The subject is usually the religious persuasions of the Founding Fathers, and the standard assertion is that they were all deists. The following is but one of many possible replies to such accusations.) I notice that your newspaper has an ongoing debate concerning the religious nature of the Founding Fathers. A recent letter claimed that most of the Founding Fathers were deists, and pointed to Washington, Jefferson, Franklin, Paine, Hamilton, and Madison as proof. After making this charge, the writer acknowledged the "voluminous writings" of the...
  • How Timothy Dwight changed Yale university during the second series of revivals in New England

    08/21/2004 2:30:46 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 1 replies · 324+ views
    believersweb.org ^ | 04/28/2004 | Stephen Fox
    "For Ezra had devoted himself to the study and observance of the Law of the Lord, and to teaching its decrees and laws in Israel.'' --- Ezra 7:10 Introduction God used George Whitefield and Jonathan Edwards powerfully in their day. As the influence of the first great awakening waned, other challenges faced the infant nation of America. God, it seems, had called America to be a city on a hill. Yet, during the period of the revolution and the two decades after, America faced deep spiritual struggles. The war brought hardships, economic chaos, and uncertainty which resulted in a kind...
  • OF THE RELIGION OF DEISM

    01/18/2004 6:51:03 AM PST · by KDD · 17 replies · 257+ views
    LIFE AND WRITINGS OF THOMAS PAINE ^ | 1700's | Thomas Paine
    Every person, of whatever religious denomination he may be, is a DEIST in the first article of his Creed. Deism, from the Latin word Deus, God, is the belief of a God, and this belief is the first article of every man's creed. It is on this article, universally consented to by all mankind, that the Deist builds his church, and here he rests. Whenever we step aside from this article, by mixing it with articles of human invention, we wander into a labyrinth of uncertainty and fable, and become exposed to every kind of imposition by pretenders to revelation....
  • AMERICA’S CHRISTIAN HERITAGE (Was America Founded by Christians or by Deists?)

    08/29/2002 5:45:11 PM PDT · by jstone78 · 29 replies · 479+ views
    Alliance4lifemin.org ^ | Alliance for Life Ministries
    AMERICA’S CHRISTIAN HERITAGE Were our Founding Fathers Christian with a fervent love for the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Or were they primarily Deists, who only acknowledged the existence of a distant, impersonal god? George Washington: His personal prayer book, written in his own handwriting, declares continual fidelity to the Lord Jesus Christ: "O most Glorious God, in Jesus Christ my merciful and loving Father, I acknowledge and confess my guilt, in the weak and imperfect performance of the duties of this day." John Marshall: Chief Justice of the Supreme Court described Washington: "Without making ostentatious professions of religion, he was...