Monday, February 06, 2006
Summa Contra Deism
Deism is false. It is self-defeating to admit such a great miracle as creatio ex nihilo only to deny the possibility of lesser miracles, e.g. multiplication of bread loaves and fish, walking on water, virgin birth, physical resurrection, etc. Deists mistakenly understand natural law to be universal when in fact natural law describes how nature generally behaves. Deists, like theists, believe in an omnibenevolent God, but an omnibenevolent God would not abandon His creation; rather, He would continue to love and care for His creatures in the way that promoted Him to create them in the first place, even if this care must sometimes be provided via miracles. Deists often reject revelation-based religions just because many people have invented and abused religious beliefs. Deists, like atheists, have a very poor case against Christianity. For instance, Tom Paine believed most of the books of the Bible were written very late and written by people other than those who claimed to write them; however, there is sufficient evidence to support the authorship claims and early dates for the books of the Bible. The false attacks by deists and atheists against Christian doctrines like the Trinity, redemption, and deity of Jesus Christ reveal a superficial and naive understandings of these teachings.