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Religion and Theology
Pages 10 (2510 words)
Throughout the course of human history there have been many different attempts by individuals to define life and explain what, if any, relationship exists between the temporal and the divine. For centuries, even millennia, humanity strove to define the relationship between God and man as something of a miraculous, mysterious, and complex relationship; mixed with varying levels of divine interference within human matters.
Moreover, belief in a miraculous and/or mysterious representation of the divine cannot and should not be viewed as something unique to monotheism. As can readily be understood from a cursory examination of the Hindu or Greek pantheon, a direct level of interference on the part of the gods is evidenced throughout the traditions and scriptures that these individual religious interpretations have developed. From such a long and historical/traditional understanding of what defines God/gods, it comes as something of a surprise that the belief system of deism ever came to any prominence whatsoever. As a means of understanding, explaining, defining, and drawing a level of inference with regards to how deism affected, and continues to affect the world in which we live, this brief analysis will seek to engage the reader with a more well-rounded and complete understanding of this belief system; as well as the key factors that contributed to it and the impacts that this particular belief system continues to engender. As with many historical theories and definitions of the world, deism was born out of a particular historical movement and time. ...
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