….that is the question. And the only reason I ask it is because I came across this believable deist T-shirt website (notice I didn’t say unbelievable, because deists do believe in a creator of the universe — they just don’t believe he has been seen since setting it in motion….or Day One, if you prefer).

Now, whatever hidden agenda the creator may have, I have none here. Far deist from me to try to convert anyone. If you got religion, God bless you, and happy praying (you can even include me in your prayers if you think it enhances your and/or my chances of eternal bliss or whatever, but I don’t buy it).

What I do buy — or rather, being a cheapskate, what I’ll ask someone else to buy me for a Deistmas present — is one of these:

My problem is choosing one from among these three favorites:

You Say “Heretic” Like It Was a BAD Thing

What do you think? (Deists do believe in thinking before deciding.)



10 comments on “TO DEist OR NOT TO DEist

  1. mistermuse says:

    Here’s a quizzical/political P.S. to my post: What’s the difference between deists and Barack Obama?
    A deist believes in thinking before deciding. Obama believes in over-thinking before deciding.

    Sorry about that.


  2. arekhill1 says:

    When is Deist Day?

    My favorite T-shirt is “God is just like Santa Claus, except your parents eventually told you there was no Santa Claus.”


    • Outlier Babe says:

      What I think about that shirt and the “I’m too old for imaginary friends” is that it is exactly the same as a double-digit-aged person not having learned any better manners than a single-digit-aged child–

      – one who would go up to a younger child and purposely make them cry by telling them there’s no Santa

      – one who would make fun of Moslems to their faces for kneeling on prayer rugs, and would jeer at people visiting cemetaries

      I feel about those shirts the way I feel about the Christian-bigoted walking-fish car magnets that purposely miscast all Christians as anti-Science mon-believers in evolution.

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      • mistermuse says:

        I don’t know any deists who do those things, and though many atheists do, I don’t hold with them, just as I don’t hold with religious fundamentalists….and for the same reason – both camps are absolutists. As I’ve said in several other posts/comments, people can believe what they want – just don’t equate your belief with knowledge/fact. Your belief is YOUR truth, not necessarily THE truth – and I try to hold myself to the same standard (but that doesn’t mean humor and/or satire about it are out of bounds, and I hope that’s how my readers take my posts that are thus tagged).

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      • Outlier Babe says:

        It sounds like we may agree on behavior, even if for different reasons. I laugh and enjoy humor that some–possibly many–would find disrespectful and offensive. But pulling one’s pants down in a church or museum is not humor–in my opinion, it’s attention-seeking, or an attempt at shaming or bullying.

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  3. mistermuse says:

    I’m tempted to say Deist Day (D-Day) is June 6, but that would be in bad taste, so let’s just say that Deist Day is up in the air – sort of like the Creator, coming at a time we know not.

    That T-shirt works for atheists, Ricardo, but Deists still believe in Santa – they just think he’s been snowed in for millions of years.


  4. Who is Paine? Was that a reference to Thomas Paine from the 1700’s? Anyway I like the deist shirt that says “Feel the Paine.” It is ambiguous and should not hurt anyone’s feelings. If it were me I would order that one but stay away from anything that has the word HERETIC in it. There still maybe folks who like to stake and fry those heretical people…who knows? I would hate to see you become a crispy critter, a mere shell of your former Kingliness.


  5. mistermuse says:

    Yes, that’s the 1700s Thomas Paine, one of the Founding Fathers who was a Deist, and a man of many quotes, which I may devote a future post to. But I doubt most people know who he was, so in that sense, “Feel the Paine” would probably be more meaningless than ambiguous, and I’m leaning toward one of the other two, though I appreciate your “Heretic” concern.


  6. Don Frankel says:

    I lean towards Paine but then I couldn’t help but come up with my own. Cease Religion and Deist.

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  7. mistermuse says:

    I like that one, Don. If you go into the T-shirt business, you can count on me to buy at le-ast the Deist shirt.


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