Welcome to the Church of Nature's God
Inspired by Nature, Based on Reason. The Journey, Not
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
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
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
discussion group, the Deist Network,
Deist Poet and others. I
strongly recommend a visit to the DA site.
I found the
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
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
"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