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Deism: A Revolution in Religion, a Revolution in You

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Deism is a natural and rational bridge that unites our reason to our belief in God. It propels us from the false and destructive ancient myths to a space-age belief system that is in line with our innate God-given reason. This book, written in a concise and cogent style, introduces the reader to Deism, a way of life that is free of the old conflicts between reason and religion. The removal of these conflicts allows us to enjoy and appreciate a much more profound and satisfying belief in Nature's God while helping...
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Deism is a natural and rational bridge that unites our reason to our belief in God. It propels us from the false and destructive ancient myths to a space-age belief system that is in line with our innate God-given reason. This book, written in a concise and cogent style, introduces the reader to Deism, a way of life that is free of the old conflicts between reason and religion. The removal of these conflicts allows us to enjoy and appreciate a much more profound and satisfying belief in Nature's God while helping us to live a more productive and meaningful life.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780989635509
  • Publisher: World Union of Deists
  • Publication date: 3/11/2009
  • Pages: 110
  • Sales rank: 604,614
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.26 (d)

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Bob Johnson has been a Deist since 1984 and is the founder and director of the World Union of Deists. The World Union of Deists was founded on April 10, 1993 at the same time he began the first Deistic publication since the days of Thomas Paine and Elihu Palmer, THINK!.

In 1996 Bob launched the first website dedicated to Deism, www.deism.com and edits three Deistic webzines: THINKonline!; Deistic Thought & Action!; Bruno's & Ripoll's Bulletin.

Bob is also the author of An Answer to C.S. Lewis' Mere Christianity and wrote the introductions to The Age of Reason, The Complete Edition and Principles of Nature.
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  • Posted September 22, 2009

    A semi-atheistic distortion of Deism

    I've been a Deist for 40 years but was thoroughly disappointed in this book. Bob Johnson promotes a semi-atheistic version of Deism which is far removed from the authentic Deism of such major American Founding Fathers as Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and John Adams.

    However, this book is certain to appeal to many Left-wingers, secular-fundamentalists, and those with a contemptuous attitude toward people who pray. Johnson's entire premise is that God created the world but ever since then has been completely uninvolved with it in any manner whatsoever. Johnson believes that all prayers are a waste of time and all religion is nonsense - with the exception, of course, of his semi-atheistic form of 'deism' packaged as the 'religion of reason'.

    Johnson conveniently ignores the fact that the first man to use the term "Deism" to refer to rational religion, distinct from revealed religion, Lord Herbert of Cherbury (1583-1648), not only believed in a personal God, he also believed in a future life, in which each person is dealt with according to his conduct here on earth. Indeed most of the 17th century promoters of Deism also believed in a God with whom one could communicate through prayer.

    Any definition of Deism that excludes a belief in a personal God would eliminate several of the major American Founding Fathers from the ranks of Deism. Entirely ignored by Johnson, is the irrefutable fact that while John Adams. Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and James Madison did not believe in Christian theology, they certainly did believe in a personal God and did participate in prayer. They were spiritual Deists, not semi-atheists like Johnson.

    Any free-thinking person would do well to read Thomas Paine's "The Age of Reason," but this semi-atheistic screed by Bob Johnson is not worth the paper it's printed on. Don't waste your money.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 22, 2009

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    What a fantastic book!

    What a fantastic book!

    I can't say enough good things about it. Anything you want to know about Deism, including its glorious past and its glorious future can be found within its pages. The book is so well written and filled to overflowing with useful information regarding the Supreme Being and how we should live our lives. I became a Deist last year after reading The Age of Reason by Thomas Paine, and as Mr. Johnson explains in his book, I too originally set the book aside because it incensed my fundamentalist charismatic Christian sensibilities, but thank the Creator, I returned to it and found enlightenment.

    Please do yourself and the world a favor and read this book and if necessary be changed.

    Chapter 4, Athens v. Jerusalem, is particularly enlightening. Mr. Johnson argues we are now in a struggle between Athens (Reason) and Jerusalem(Superstition) and if we don't wise up and use our God-given reason, we may well destroy all humanity in a nuclear apocalypse triggered by religious fundamentalists just doing what their religion tells them to do to the "unbeliever".

    Mr. Johnson also speaks of the beauty of Space-Age Deism. Enlightened astronauts like Eugene Cernan and Edgar Mitchell experienced the power of Nature's God without the aid of "holy" books. Recent polls have said people are thirsting for belief in a God of serenity and not madness. Deism has found that God.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 20, 2009

    "Deism; A Revolution in Religion, A Revolution In You" by Bob Johnson

    Anyone who believes in the Grand Creator of heaven and earth including all the creatures thereupon and who also rejects the dogma of the entire range of established religion is already a deist whether he/she recognizes it or not. That person already possesses the basic form, the elementary sketch that is deism.

    Bob Johnson's book, "Deism; A Revolution in Religion, A Revolution in You" fleshes out that form and provides a full range of color and tone to the basic sketch. As Johnson puts it ".God is the object of Deism, not the founder of Deism." If we apply our God given reason to ".the laws and designs visible to us." we find Deism to be a purely natural philosophy unfettered by the whims and foibles of our fellow men.

    Each of us likes to believe that we posses common sense and reason, that we can believe our own eyes and our own definition of the world as perceived by our other senses. Deism supports that belief and Bob Johnson's book illustrates not only the wisdom of continued belief but also shows us that we are not alone.

    It is truly an education to see how many of our forefathers, those who we've honored and admired through history, who share this bond. Johnson has done the research for us and he has done this in a non-judgmental and objective way. He has reviewed a multitude of examples and provided us with a full library of references. The reader will find this book a totally positive experience that will add not only to one's own experience but which can be used for continued knowledge as we review the writings of this host of respected individuals.

    "Deism; A Revolution in Religion, A Revolution in You" is a fine addition to the library of any person who respects freedom of thought. And, it is a necessary addition for any person who is laboring or suffering under the pressure of an established religion.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2011

    Fabulous Book that pulls no punches!

    Great book in describing deism and Bob Johnson does not shrink back in telling it like it is as to the origin of the Bible and the truth about God's "Chosen People." Highly recommended book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 30, 2009

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    Awesome!

    What a great idea, belief in God based on reason and nature! Who would have thought. This is an enjoyable thought provoking book that is well worth the money and time. It really will change your life for the positive!

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  • Posted January 13, 2010

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    An excellent book: great value, very informative, good read.

    I have been a Deist for some time --- the belief in God through the application of Reason especially applied to Nature and Life-Experiences --- the Deism approach wins every time for me over the "Holy Book" approach of the primitive un-evolved Abrahamic Revealed religions.
    I applaud DEISM: A Revolution In Religion; A Revolution In You
    [by Bob Johnson] --- I found this excellent book to be: great value, very informative, good read, concise, insightful, and a worthy addition to my book collection; it has re-ignited my enthusiasm which has resulted in involvement with the World Union of Deists and regularly visiting that organization's web-site which is www.deism.com
    Buy this excellent book: for a great value, very informative, good read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2009

    WOW!

    All I can say is WOW! Finally a book that has something for everybody who is looking outside revealed religion. This book is for the beginner or for the experienced Deist.

    Bob Johnson shows us that it is ok to think for ourselves and to use our God given gift of reason. It is such a great book that I ordered a second copy so I had one for people to borrow without fearing that I would lose it!

    Highly recommended and great value!

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  • Posted May 3, 2009

    I've been a Deist for years and didn't know it!

    I'm very thankful that I read Deism: A Revolution in Religion, A Revolution in You! For years I've felt like an outsider when it comes to my ideas and views on religion. I was raised a Christian but never felt comfortable with the church services and Bible readings and teachings. Finally, after reading this powerful book, I realized it was because the Bible and Christianity go strongly AGAINST my GOD-GIVEN REASON! And I'm not alone, I'm a Deist! And there are thousands of other Deists out there, too! Also, some great people in history have been Deists like Thomas Paine, Thomas Jefferson, Voltaire, Albert Einstein and the list goes on!

    This book is highly recommended for anyone who is currently a member of an organized religion and who has some doubts about it. It's also recommended for anyone with an interest in philosophy, religion, current events and/or history.

    Deism: A Revolution in Religion, A Revolution in You offers some great ideas on how Deism can be used to stop the Christian rush to Armageddon, it helps us think outside the box by exposing and documenting some little known facts about the Abrahamic revealed religions (Judaism, Christianity and Islam), it points out weaknesses in Atheism and Agnosticism and it helps us to differentiate between revealed religions and natural religion - Deism. Not only does it show how Deism can help society on a broad scale, this book shows how it can help the individual live a free, purposeful and happy life! It's a fascinating read!

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