What do you guys think of Deism?
I was a Christian for many, many years and just within the past month or so I have decided that I no longer believe in Jesus or the Bible at all. I have been trying to figure out what I believe and have been alternating between Atheism, Apatheism, Agnosticism, Pantheism and Deism (there are Wiki articles for each of these schools of thought).
Anyway, something like Deism, which I take to mean a belief in "God" based on reason alone without any belief in any "revealed" religion seems like a good one. Taking a Deist position can be useful when debating a Christian, when the Christian brings up the First Cause problem for example. (Just to put it out there, I believe that science will eventually figure out why singularities happen and I believe there is probably a simple, natural explanation for them so I don't necessarily see the beginning of the universe as being a huge problem for Atheism in general.) However, with Deism you still have the Problem of Evil and I haven't figured out how to deal with that one yet. Maybe God has an evil side?
I understand that Atheism is simply the lack of belief in any deities and I think this is a very reasonable position. However, I read something on Deism.com that made sense to me. Given the vastness of the universe, many of us find it plausible that extra-terrestrial beings exist. If we find this plausible, then why wouldn't we find an extra-dimensional Supreme Being plausible as well?
If a Deistic conception of God is true, then the possibility of an afterlife is not ruled out completely. On the one hand, I think that belief in an afterlife can be extremely destructive to people. Among other things, it can cause them to waste their precious earthly lives, thinking of this life as some mere preamble to eternity. On the other hand, due to some irrationality or immaturity on my part, I'm afraid of death and like to the think the possibility of an afterlife may be true. Of course, if the Deistic conception of God is true, it could be that God's gift to us is this biological life on earth and only this life, which would be fine. I guess I'm just a little greedy and want an afterlife as well.
I know that this is all pretty hazy. I'm not trying to argue any position because I really don't have one. I'm just kind of interested in what Atheists think of Deists. Does their position seem reasonable to you? Why or why not? Thanks in advance.