How I Became a Deist
by Francesca Thomas
I was born and raised in New Zealand - by very religious parents. I was raised a Baptist.
I quit the church at 19, after reading Holy Blood, Holy Grail. And then continued reading to find a belief that I could replace the spiritual hole.
Basically I quit because of the hypocrisy I was seeing in my own church, and in the world, and in history.
Eventually I decided that I believed in God the creator, but nothing else. (no jesus, no resurrection, no miracles, no holy spirit, and the bible was written by man)
I had no name for this belief, I assumed it was entirely my own belief and that it did not have a name.
Life went on, I did the daily grind at my job, I got married, moved to Canada, had a family, none of us attending any church or following any religion.
Just recently at the age of 42, I stumbled across an article about the American Founders being Deists, and the article described what Deism was. Those beliefs matched mine exactly. Finally after 20 years I have a name for my beliefs.
The survey shows a giant step forward for Deism in the fact that it actually uses the word "Deist" and for the very significant raw numbers it shows as representing the number of people who are Deists. In reality, the number of Deists is actually higher than the survey shows because the survey uses an outdated definition of Deist. For a more accurate definition please see our Deism Defined page.
Click here to read the actual survey. (It's in PDF)
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