Why Deism? A Generic Christian Freed From
Cerebral Slavery by Deism!
A Generic Christian Freed From Cerebral Slavery by Deism!
by Tyrone Tharge
recently discovered your WUD website and it has really been a
pleasure (and relief) to read. This is my story on how I became
what I now know to be called... a Deist.
I was raised by a Methodist mother and an Atheist father. Very
confusing religious upbringing to say the least. As a young boy I
was drawn more toward my mother's Methodist ways (since my father
rarely, if ever, discussed religion). I began reading the Bible at
the young age of nine. My favorite stories were about David and
Goliath and the story of the strong Sampson. At around ten years of
age, I began to second guess these stories and wonder about the
validity of them. Why would God kill every man, woman and child in
a flood if he was a loving and kind God? How DID Noah get two of
every land creature inside that Ark? Why don't we see any miracles
as mentioned in the Bible such as water to wine, walking on water,
healing the sick and casting out demons? Why was there no mention
of dinosaurs, since there was obvious proof of their existence in
the bones scientist found? No one was able to satisfy my natural
boyish curiosity and questions about the Bible. As a result, and of
the useless retoric and religious traditions of worship, I slowly
drifted away from organized religion all together.
By the time I was an adult, I knew I believed in a God and that all
of this (the Universe) was not some cosmic accident. I also came to
the conclusion that, however, I didn't know what to tell people when
asked about my religion, so I used the most general and generic term
I knew of.... the everpopular Christian!
I was not comfortable with this term to describe my spirituality. I
say spirituality because I considered myself very spiritual but not
religious. So, I began to research various popular religions and
creeds in search of a better, more acurate term for my beliefs. In
all of these mainstream religions I found a recurring theme. Man
made rules governed all of them in some way or another... some even
worshiped a man, which definately was not within my spiritual
constrants to do so. I began to lose confidence that there even WAS
a term to describe my spiritual beliefs.
Then one day, I stumbled upon an article describing and debating the
actual religious beliefs of our Founding Fathers. My interest
became especially peaked when the article began describing Thomas
Paine and his authoring of "The Age of Reason". This Tom Paine
fellow felt exactly as I do! Furthermore, it was debatable
that the rest of the Founding Fathers (Washington, Jefferson,
Franklin) were arguably Deists as well, just not as openly public or
courageous about it as Mr. Thomas Paine.
After researching this strange philosophy called Deism, I was
excited to discover there was a name for my spirituality and
beliefs. And I was especially proud of the fact that I was in good
company, as there were many historical figures that felt and
believed that same way.
I immediately ordered your book Deism: A Revolution in Religion, A
Revolution in You; as well as signed up to be an official member of
WUD. I look forward to learning more about Deism and how I can
better help turn the light on for those still mindlessly following
the revealed religions. I listened to the radio broadcasts listed
on the WUD website, and would like to close with a quote that Jayson
X said in one of the shows:
"God gave us all the Gift of Reason; Some just
can't figure out how to open the box."