Today June 8th marks the 200th anniversary of the death of Thomas Paine. If it wasn't for Thomas Paine the American Revolution probably would not have been started, let alone won. John Adams said, "Without the pen of Paine, the sword of Washington would have been wielded in vain." Thomas Paine believed in Deism along with Jefferson. Learn what Deism really is by clicking the Badge below Then click the video on the right It could be you and you will know by the feelings of compassion God has placed in your heart.
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George Washington and Deism
Deists have a great example of toleration, perseverance, and integrity in the person of fellow Deist George Washington.
Christian preachers who ardently wanted
In the book Washington and Religion by Paul F. Boller, Jr., we read on page 92, "
On page 82 of the same book, Boller includes a quote from a Presbyterian minister, Arthur B. Bradford, who was an associate of Ashbel Green another Presbyterian minister who had known George Washington personally. Bradford wrote that Green, "often said in my hearing, though very sorrowfully, of course, that while
Like truly intelligent people in all times and places,
George Washington coupled his genuine belief in
The altruism and integrity that
Preacher Weems has written that on
"About ten o'clk he made several attempts to speak to me before he could effect it, at length he said, -'I am just going. Have me decently buried; and do not let my body be put into the vault in less than three days after I am dead.' I bowed assent, for I could not speak. He then looked at me again and said, 'Do you understand me?' I replied, 'Yes.' 'Tis well,' said he.
"About ten minutes before he expired (which was between ten and eleven o'clk) his breathing became easier; he lay quietly; - he withdrew his hand from mine, and felt his own pulse. I saw his countenance change. I spoke to Dr. Craik who sat by the fire; - he came to the bed side. The General's hand fell from his wrist - I took it in mine and put it into my bosom. Dr. Craik put his hands over his eyes and he expired without a struggle or a sigh!"
Like other Deists such as Paine, Jefferson, Voltaire, Franklin, and
George Washington offers us a tremendous example of altruism and positive action. His actions tell us stronger than any words could possibly do to persevere in the face of all obstacles. To never give up and to always combine our sincerely held beliefs with action.
Find out how you can learn much more about George Washington and American History via an online college. The more Deists secure educations in fields like history, the more they can influence professions such as education to enlighten society to the reality of Deism!
Is Deism a cult? It's impossible for Deism to be a cult because Deism teaches self-reliance and encourages people to constantly use their reason. Deism teaches to "question authority" no matter what the cost.
Unlike the revealed religions, Deism makes no unreasonable claims. The revealed religions encourage people to give up, or at least to suspend, their God-given reason. They like to call it faith. For example, how logical is it to believe that Moses parted the Red Sea, or that Jesus walked on water, and that a Catholic Priest has the power through his office; creating transubstantiation (A word invented by the Roman Church to describe a new faith only happening) with the dying of Jesus on the altar in the celebration of and that by this every catholic must believe this former unleavened flat disk as the sun appeared to the ancient gentiles slowly trying to change their Apollo God religions to satisfy the dictates of Constantine; their despotic dictator. The Bishops and all priest now is the real presence of the body and blood of their deity, Jesus an Angel bringing it down from the New Holy City, Jerusalem in the sky where Mass is constantly being celebrated in union with the worshippers on Earth while angels sing and the Father sits on a throne and Jesus sits on the right side or that Mohammed received the Koran from an angel? Suspending your reason enough to believe these tales only sets a precedent that leads to believing a Jim Jones or David Koresh.
f Deism teaches a belief in God, then what is the difference between Deism and the other religions like Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, etc.? Deism is based on nature and reason, not "revelation." All the other religions (with the possible exception of Taoism, although superstition does play a role in both Buddhism and Taoism) make claim to special divine revelation or they have requisite "holy" books. Deism has neither. In Deism there is no need for a preacher, priest or rabbi. All one needs in Deism is their own common sense and the creation to contemplate.
Also, "revealed" religions, especially Christianity and Islam, use greed and fear to catch and hold converts. The greed is belonging to their "revealed" religion so you can get rewards such as eternal life, and in Christianity, anything you ask for. In combination with greed they use fear of death. Deism does neither. Deism teaches that we should do what is right simply because it's the right thing to do. And Deism doesn't pretend we know what, if anything, happens to us after our bodies die. We love and trust God enough not to worry about it. As Thomas Paine wrote, "I consider myself in the hands of my Creator, and that He will dispose of me after this life consistently with His justice and goodness. I leave all these matter to Him, as my Creator and friend, and I hold it to be presumption in man to make an article of faith as to what the Creator will do with us hereafter."
Deism: The Religion of our Founding Fathers. Deism teaches a belief in God. With a big difference between the God who demands of His subjects to kill those who dare to oppose Him and His Holy Word ie: religions like Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, etc.? Deism is based on nature and reason, not "revelation." All the other religions (with the possible exception of Taoism, although superstition does play a role in both Buddhism and Taoism) make claim to special divine revelation or they have requisite "holy" books. Deism has neither. In Deism there is no need for a preacher, priest or rabbi. All one needs in Deism is their own common sense and the creation to contemplate. It is High Time for us, People of Reason, to educate and bring back their Natural God given Reason throwing the twisted blocking of reason definition of faith into the light of fresh air. Thus You Will Save our world from needless Hebrew and Christian Islamic, Nuclear war. In which it is claimed and through a twisted definition of Faith still believed enough to kill or die trying to prove the same God ruling the ancient minds of the
It is curious to observe how the theory of what is called the Christian church
Sprung out of the tail of the heathen mythology. A
Direct incorporation took place in the first instance, by making the
Reputed founder to be celestially begotten. The trinity of gods that
Then followed was no other than a reduction of the former plurality,
Which was about twenty or thirty thousand: the statue of Mary
Succeeded the statue of Diana of Ephesus; the deification of heroes
Changed into the canonization of saints; the Mythologists had gods for
Everything; the Christian Mythologists had saints for everything;
The church became as crowded with one, as the Pantheon had been
With the other, and
Is little else than the idolatry of the ancient Mythologists,
Accommodated to the purposes of power and revenue; and it yet
Remains to reason and philosophy to abolish the amphibious fraud.
As a child Jupiter asked Diana what she like to have as gifts.
She replied that she wanted eternal virginity (in the sense of
Always being true to her own nature), as many names as Apollo,
a bow and arrow like Apollo's, the office of bringing light
(providing guidance to others), a saffron tunic with a red
Hem, and nine nymphs as her maidens.
It is, however, not difficult to account for the credit that was
Given to the story of Jesus Christ being the son of God. He was born
When the heathen mythology had still some fashion and repute in the
World, and that mythology had prepared the people for the belief of
Such a story. Almost all the extraordinary men that lived under the
Heathen mythology were reputed to be the sons of some of their gods.
It was not a new thing, at that time, to believe a man to have been
Celestially begotten; the intercourse of gods with women was then a
Matter of familiar opinion. Their Jupiter, according to their
Accounts, had cohabited with hundreds: the story, therefore, had
Nothing in it either new, wonderful, or obscene; it was conformable to
The opinions that then prevailed among the people called Gentiles,
Or Mythologists, and it was those people only that believed it. The
Jews who had kept strictly to the belief of one God, and no more,
And who had always rejected the heathen mythology, never credited
When also I am told that a woman called the Virgin Mary, said,
Or gave out, that she was with child without any cohabitation with a
Man, and that her betrothed husband, Joseph, said that an angel told
Him so, I have a right to believe them or not; such a circumstance
Required a much stronger evidence than their bare word for it; but
We have not even this- for neither Joseph nor Mary wrote any such
Matter themselves; it is only reported by others that they said
So- it is hearsay upon hearsay, and I do not choose to rest my belief
Upon such evidence.
When I am told that the Koran was written in Heaven and brought
To Mahomet by an angel, the account comes too near the same kind of
hearsay evidence and second-hand authority as the former. I did not
see the angel myself, and, therefore, I have a right not to believe
When Moses told the children of
tables of the commandments from the hands of God, they were not
obliged to believe him, because they had no other authority for it
than his telling them so; and I have no other authority for it than
some historian telling me so. The commandments carry no internal
evidence of divinity with them; they contain some good moral
Precepts, such as any man qualified to be a lawgiver, or a legislator,
Could produce himself, without having recourse to supernatural
*It is, however, necessary to except the declaration which says
that God visits the sins of the fathers upon the children; it is
contrary to every principle of moral justice.
It is a contradiction in terms and ideas, to call anything a
revelation that comes to us at second-hand, either verbally or in
writing. Revelation is necessarily limited to the first
communication- after this, it is only an account of something which
that person says was a revelation made to him; and though he may
find himself obliged to believe it, it cannot be incumbent on me to
believe it in the same manner; for it was not a revelation made to me,
and I have only his word for it that it was made to him.
No one will deny or dispute the power of the Almighty to make such
a communication, if he pleases. But admitting, for the sake of a case,
that something has been revealed to a certain person, and not revealed
To any other person, it is revelation to that person only. When he tells
It to a second person, a second to a third, a third to a fourth,
and so on, it ceases to be a revelation to all those persons. It is
revelation to the first person only, and hearsay to every other, and
consequently they are not obliged to believe it.
Each of those churches show certain books, which they call
revelation, or the word of God. The Jews say, that their word of God
was given by God to Moses, face to face; the Christians say, that
their word of God came by divine inspiration: and the Turks say,
that their word of God (the Koran) was brought by an angel from
Heaven. Each of those churches accuse the other of unbelief; and for
my own part, I disbelieve them all.
TO MY FELLOW-CITIZENS OF THE
I PUT the following work under your protection. It contains my
opinions upon Religion. You will do me the justice to remember, that I
have always strenuously supported the Right of every Man to his own
opinion, however different that opinion might be to mine. He who
denies to another this right, makes a slave of himself to his
present opinion, because he precludes himself the right of changing
The most formidable weapon against errors of every kind is Reason.
I have never used any other, and I trust I never shall.
THOMAS PAINE, and in full agreement with:
ALFRED P VERHOEVEN.