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Not much is being updated here on the Church of Nature's God these days. That does not mean I have lost interest or don't care about the concept of a Deist church. Nothing could be farther from the truth. I am in a period of transition in my personal life, moving from being employed to being self-employed. My efforts to promote Deism have shifted primarily to The Center for Reasoned Spirituality. We have a presence on Unified Deism YouTube channel as well as a Reasoned Spirituality YouTube channel, and the same is true on Facebook: a Unified Deism Facebook page and a Reasoned Spirituality Facebook page. Book sales are not large, but they are fairly steady. All these things are outgrowths and extensions of ideas seen here Church of Nature's God, only with more synergy and refinement, because these new ideas are growing out of a community (always a Nature's God goal). How could I be anything but happy about progress so far?

I am drawn to the Spiritual But Not Religious (SBNR) movement, because I had already moved there before I realized there was a movement. Isn't that what the Church of Nature's God has been about all along? Religion without organized religion? A church without walls? My writings are now starting to appear there on a regular basis.

I didn't know how folks would respond to the notion of a Deist church. Ours is not a typical church, to be sure. Organized religion is anathema to Deists. Despite all these roadblocks, I am optimistic about the future of Nature's God, because it is certainly not an organized form of religion, and I am more enthusiastic than ever about Deism. Think of Nature's God as a kind of guerrilla marketing. The concept seems contradictory, but it catches your attention, and when you examine closely, it all makes sense.

Nature's God is a proud member of the Deist Alliance (DA), and we promote DA sites and discussion groups, especially Unified Deism and Positive Deism and its discussion group, the Deist Network, Panendeism, Deist Poet and others. I strongly recommend a visit to the DA site.

I found the space in between Agnosticism and Atheism to be cool and dry. For some, those choices are right, but not for everyone, not for me. The faith of my fathers clearly no longer worked for me. I had outgrown blind faith. My mind had expanded beyond those strictures. The words no longer rang true. In terms of religion, I knew what I wasn't, but I didn't know what I was. Walking away was important, but for a few decades I was just wandering, and I needed a spiritual goal. Then I discovered Deism and realized that was what I believed.

The Church of Nature's God has undergone continuous revision since its inception. The latest major addition has been the Discussion Forum where we are trying to build a Deist Fellowship. It is still a small group, but the members are enthusiastic. We have just started a Deist Guide program and a Deist Academy. Come join us. Click on Fellowship Forum at left or News.

Deist churches do not seem to last. We are trying to offer the fellowship that Deism is often lacking. The Tao Te Ching says, "Whatever is flexible and flowing will tend to grow; whatever is rigid and blocked will wither and die."  The Church intends to survive. The Church is now a legal entity in the State of Texas.

The true Church of Nature's God is inside each and every one of us, and you can discover it everywhere in nature. It is as individual as you are. To become a member, you only must decide that you are one. Freethinkers do not need a church for the purpose of worshiping any Deity. Nature's God does not need worship, although some find comfort in giving thanks to the Creator. Other religions claim that their sacred texts are the infallible and inerrant word of God. The Deist Bible makes no such claim.

We don't need a church building. A building is restrictive and limiting and unnecessary. The Church has no physical presence, no roof, no walls. We do not need to be shielded from the elements in cyberspace. The Church has a virtual, but very real presence here where you have found it. People seeking spirituality don't need an elaborate organization. For those who want to belong, to feel a sense of community, spend time, study the possibilities and expand their horizons, the Church of Nature's God hopes to help you fulfill those wants and needs.

The core of the Church is our discussion forum where we explore ways of building a Deist fellowship. We hope you ill join us in this exploration by clicking the link at left.

There is no one way all people must think. It is only necessary that they do think, that they use their most precious gift, the gift of reason, to find their own path. The Church of Nature's God is the church that you don't need. But if you want to share your discoveries while you are on your journey, drop in for a while.

"My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble minds. That deeply emotional conviction of the presence of a superior reasoning power, which is revealed in the incomprehensible universe, forms my idea of God." -- Albert Einstein

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