Liberal Christians = Deists?

So I’ve been playing around with Google Alerts, just seeing if any inspiration for posts can be gleaned.  Every now and then, I get some good links.  This gem came across my email last night: Deists of yesteryear are today’s liberal Christians

David Wallace‘s comments (Your Views, Feb. 19) about the Founding Fathers and their deist beliefs are timely, but much more should be said. The dictionary defines “deism” as a belief in God based on reason rather than divine revelation. Deism isn’t even close to atheism and many “enlightened” people back then believed this way. Today they might call themselves Unitarians or just liberal Christians.

Mark Haden, Edmond

Well, Mark Haden, I see what you did there.  A subtle change…adding a ‘.’ where there isn’t one.  From Free Dictionary:

The belief, based solely on reason, in a God who created the universe and then abandoned it, assuming no control over life, exerting no influence on natural phenomena, and giving no supernatural revelation.

Or from Dictionary.com:

1. belief in the existence of a god on the evidence of reason and nature only, with rejection of supernatural revelation ( distinguished from theism).

2. belief in a God who created the world but has since remained indifferent to it.

Or from Merriam-Webster:

a movement or system of thought advocating natural religion, emphasizing morality, and in the 18th century denying the interference of the Creator with the laws of the universe

In essence, no, deism is not as simplistic as “a belief in God based on reason rather than divine revelation.” And no, liberal Christianity is not the same as deism.

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