Religious Concepts of the Church of Nature's God
Inspired by Nature, Based on Reason. The Journey, Not
The Church of Nature's God endorses Freethought and constructive Deism. The Church is very respectful of other belief
systems; we merely disagree.
The Church encourages the studying of other religions and philosophies to find
wisdom and useful advice on life and living. Deists
through the ages have spent much energy pointing out the faults and inconsistencies of revealed religions. So much information of this nature is already available, that no space will be devoted
here to the practice of discrediting other religions. It is not necessary to
tear down another religion to build up Deism. How can we possibly expect
others to respect our beliefs if we have no respect for theirs?
Panendeism.org and other branches of Deism, serve as sources of
learning and inspiration for the Church of Nature's God. There is much
valuable information about Deism at these sites. The
Studies link at left will take you to sites about, not only Deism, but
also Freethought sites and websites that delve into other religions and
To most, religion implies worship. Personally, I see no reason why a Deity would need to be worshipped. I cannot imagine what need of the Creator might be fulfilled by worship.
I certainly believe that the Creator is worth of respect and reverence, and
there is much for us to be thankful for. Worship fulfills some need of
man's, but the Creator of the Universe lacks nothing that man can supply.
Of course, if you believe differently, I will defend to the death your right to think for yourself and disagree.
I merely expect the same tolerance in return.
The Church has no creed, no authoritarian "thou shalts" and "thou
shalt nots". As some unidentified Native American once remarked, “If
you take the Christian Bible and put it out in the wind and the rain, soon
the paper on which the words are printed will disintegrate, and the words
will be gone. Our bible is the wind.” A Deist can relate to this way of
thinking. A church offering here is not a monetary donation, it is a
suggestion or recommendation offered for your consideration. The Church has
no sacred texts or scriptures. Our Bible is
the work of a mere person. Most people who want to know more about Deism
will read Thomas Paine (Age of Reason). Links to works by Ethan Allen, Elihu Palmer and other Deists can be found at links on the
Studies page. Hopefully,
our new book will serve as a source
Since the belief system here is very open-minded, you may wonder if the
Church is similar to Unitarian Universalism. Not at all. There are some
important distinctions. The UU Church is a liberal church that accepts
practitioners of all faiths (Christian, Eastern, Pagan, Agnostic and
Atheist), and many of those faiths are embraced and practiced in the UU
church. The UU church is also very much into political activism. The Church of Nature's God welcomes and
encourages people from all backgrounds to examine Deism, reason-based
natural religion and nature-based spirituality. While the Church does not
spend time criticizing other belief systems, its general direction is
incompatible with faith-based revealed religions. The Church of Nature's God is also
strongly apolitical. Mixing religion and politics always leads to bad
My own concept of God and Deism is my own, just as your concepts are
uniquely you. In the abstract, God is the ideal, our concept of perfection.
God obviously exists as long as we have a notion of perfection. We strive to
become better persons as we go through life. Since we know we will never
attain perfection, the journey, therefore, is critically important, since we
will never reach our destination. For many, it is enough to accept such an
idea of God and no more.
God has no need of man’s worship. Where is there evidence of such a need
found anywhere in nature? God has no needs that mere humans could fulfill.
Giving thanks for all that the Creator has provided is a natural and
accepted expression of spirituality, and certainly no harm
can come from giving thanks. Bear in mind, however, that to worship can also
mean to honor, so honoring God by being thankful is an option that shows
both gratitude and reverence, so there could not possibly be anything wrong with
If Man chooses to worship some God or Goddess who needs worshipping, and
if in so doing man feels fulfilled, then that is good. If man is comforted
by the belief that worshipping a Deity in this life will lead to a better
afterlife, then let man be comforted. That is a good thing. But if man uses
his chosen religion to interfere in the lives of other men; if man imposes
his will on other men in the name of his God, then you can be sure that it
is man who is committing an act against nature, and thus against God. Man
does not honor God by denying other men their freedom.
It is not reasonable to fear punishment in the afterlife for not having
sufficiently worshipped a God who does not need or demand worship.
Man can show his reverence for God and can satisfy his own spiritual needs
by studying nature and enjoying the awe-inspiring wonders God created.
For Classical Deists, God is the Creator of nature, the author of the
universe. God’s creation operates according to the natural laws of creation.
These laws are perpetually self-acting and self-sustaining, needing no
further action on God’s part. Man is just a part of this creation. You can
leave God out of this equation and still see that the universe operates
according to natural laws.
Nature’s God is not a supernatural God. Nature’s God is a natural god.
Some believe this God preceded nature and, having created nature and its
perfect laws, has no reason to violate those laws. Any perceived
imperfection in the laws of nature reflect, not imperfection, but our
imperfect understanding of those laws.
There have been many arguments for the existence of God put forth over
the centuries. No argument is perfect. All these arguments have some element
that can be criticized, but what do you expect? These arguments are human
constructs. Accepting any of them requires some measure of
faith. Deist faith is faith based on reason, but there is an element of
Natural laws, however, are perfect, whether God exists or not. It is not
reasonable to believe that God has any need to intervene or interfere in the
natural order. Reason says that there are no miracles that defy the laws of
nature, nor have there ever been. If we choose to look for miracles, we need
to look no further than nature. The miraculous is easy to find there. Nature
has everything necessary to be self-perpetuating for billions of years to
come. Our power to forecast the ultimate fate of the universe predicts that
entropy will eventually rule. We won't be around to see whether the
prediction is true.