It is amazing to me that so-called sophisitcated thinkers can even form the concept of a “minimal” god.  What does that even mean?  What is a “minimal” person?  Does that mean we think we need a god to get it all moving but let’s not let him be anything but a cosmic retard?  Do these people not realize that once you open the door to a god of any type you have conceded that you must look for his own self-definition?  That you no longer have any defense from the threat posed to reason by the concept of revelation?  That what you must next do, logically, is sort among all the claims of competing revelations for the one that most answers the questions implied by the human experience?

A “minimal” god? Don’t insult yourself. He either made, knows, and loves us or he is not. And if he loves us he entered our flesh, was crucified under Pontias Pilate, amd rose again on the third day.

2 thoughts on “Deism

  1. Josh, thanks for commenting, Somehow your comment got lost and I just found it. If you’re still around, forgive me for my rude neglect.

    Yes, I suppose the idea of Deism is indeed a reaction to the lack of proof for a personal God. I just can’t grasp why an “impersonal creator” is a better idea. It’s a formal oxymoron, like “dark light”, or “cold fire”. If the creator is impersonal, yet somehow created the personal, then we’ve just introduced a cause that is smaller than its purported effect, in response to the lack of proof for an adequate cause for the impersonal.

    Seems to me a step backward, intellectually.

    The original problem wasn’t that we can’t prove God exists. The original problem was in assuming that if God exists He would be amenable to proof.

  2. But wasn’t the idea of Deism a reaction to the idea that it was not possible to prove or disprove God’s existence? That the evidence for a personal God was even less evident than in impersonal creator?

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