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Deism is the idea that some kind of intelligence ("God") created the universe, yet chooses not to interfere with it or its inhabitants. That means that there are no answered prayers, no miracles, no revelations, etc. Additionally, the deist generally believes that while God created the universe, things like the Big Bang, evolution, etc actually occurred, and God just got the ball rolling.
The theist on the other hand believes that God is an active participant in the world, answers prayers, talks to people, sends divinations, etc., and literally created the world in some way instead of just getting it started.
Originally posted by againuntodust
reply to post by madnessinmysoul
probably just as arrogant as atheists.
Originally posted by madnessinmysoul
I'd be inclined to say that, on a personal level, no theist is any more or less arrogant than a deist, pantheist, atheist, or other nontheistic individual.
you say theists are arrogant because they believe billions of years of things happen just for them...
well... atheists are arrogant to believe they can know that billions of years have even existed,
because many theists believe the earth to be only a few thousand years old.
No one could have any answers until they have a death experience or some type of personal spiritual experience.
Originally posted by mileysubet
You managed to type a lot, but you never said anything that has not been explored..edit on 25-12-2010 by mileysubet because: replaced the word "known" with: "that has not been explored:
What is the point of this thread???edit on 25-12-2010 by mileysubet because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by Vicky32
[From what I have seen, he just can't help himself! He has to keep slamming the God he says he knows doesn't exist - and he does it by denigrating believers.
IMO, atheists are both arrogant and deeply fearful/sad people.
Starting flame wars is a way of keeping the fear at bay..
Originally posted by NewAgeMan
That doesn't make me arrogant either, to think that way, just committed to truth and reality as it really is!
I suspect that the atheists ah snarkiness, is because at bottom, he knows he's either completely ignorant, in the face of the uknowable, which would make him an agnostic, not an atheist, or, that he just might have to resort to arguing for his own unconsciousness or non existence.