I am a Deist. Malawi is a religious nation, with Christianity and Islam having a good share of influence in both people’s lives and that of the society at large. Beliefs from such religions are engraved in our society to the point that anything outside them is seen as profane. In Malawi, people are willing to debate on other things, but not religion. It is their established way of life and are not ready to think otherwise of it.
With due respect to existing religious traditions you belong to, have you ever heard or thought of a way of life called Deism? If not, then welcome. Deism is not a religion as some think. Rather, it is an idea on the nature of God. It was prominent in the Age of Enlightenment, and this explains its heavy intellectual and scientific influences.
It recognizes a single Creator, rejecting Revelation, and bases its relationship with the Creator on Reason and Observation of the Natural World. The idea is that the physical world we observe and relate with had a Power that provided it with a self-sustaining existence. It goes along with Thomas Paine’s observation in his book, Age of Reason. “God is the power of the first cause, nature is the law, and matter is the subject acted upon it.”
That Power is what most people call God. But with Deism, this Power only created what we observe. There is no evidence of it further relating with the Natural World beyond creation. In organized religion, the assumed relationship between Natural World and God is in the form of Revelation. But with an emphasis on the Natural World, and nothing beyond it, Deism rejects this Revelation, and subsequently, the relationship.
Everything therefore begins and ends in the Natural World. With the humans being the most intelligent of all living species, it ends up with him at the center of everything. This is the point where Deism interacts with [Secular] Humanism since God is never part of human activities. It sounds strange for most people to live life without the imagination of God intervening in their lives. But evidence of an absent God is too strong to ignore.
The courage to accept this has ended up liberating most people who have taken the Deism path. Having a Creator who set the world in a providence motion provides a sense of security to humans. Understanding that, as humans, we are on our own, gives us a sense of responsibility. It inspires us into knowing that our activities and way of life affects the world. God’s providence. Human responsibility. Two important things in Deism.
Again, with Deism, one easily balances the two antagonistic and extreme ends of Atheism and [organized] theism. Not only in this, but Deism is also well known as a way of life that accommodates different religious and spiritual views. From them one comes up with their own path. This necessitates the important aspect of personal relationship with the Natural World, creating a positive growth with it. Join me in Deism.
About the author: Wonderful Mkhutche is a professional speech writer, a political scientist and a manuscript editor and developer