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The impact of Deism on Western academic theology – by Dr Leonard Long

November 9, 2017

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Date(s) - 09/11/2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Classroom 3, Ground floor, Tabor College (carpark entry from Mitchell Street)


When you spin a top, it magically stays upright, courtesy of the laws of physics, and wanders over a flat surface without aid until it eventually gets the wobbles and falls. That is how deists view the universe. God started the universe and then took his hands off and watched what would happen. Thus, God does not interfere by performing miracles or speaking to us through prophets or the written word. Truth is obtained by reason and evidence alone, unaided by any special revelation. So, deism undermines the basics of a Christian world view.

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Deism developed in the 18th century, inspired by the predictive success of the scientific movement. Theology should rely on special revelation and so should completely ignore a deistic view, but it hasn’t. British Deism got into German theological colleges and has since trickled down into the mindset of those who sit in the pews. Leonard long will describe how this happened and how we can respond.

Leonard Long

Leonard is a retired doctor and has spent much of his retirement studying the impact of deism as part of his master’s degree. I encourage you to come I believe you will find it interesting and helpful.

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