>>Okay, what is a Deist?
is our friend. But this was covered in the first few posts anyway.
>>So I am to take it that when they say that they
>>are a group of “Freethinkers, from Atheists to
>>Transcendentalists” that they are blowing smoke
>>up someone’s ass, namely their own?
As others have pointed out, these terms can be mutually exclusive at times. You can certainly have a deist or even atheist who believes in objective morality and upholds a specific set of rules, and thus isn't into freethought. But that doesn't mean these people you're quoting are liars. They may very well be a group of freethinkers that include people who additionally identify as atheists, or transcendentalists, or some other ~ist. Perhaps there's a bit of self-righteousness going on here, but I don't see it as being that big of a deal.
>>It is also interesting to note that quite a few
>>thinkers took up Deism in a time when Atheism was
>>socially unacceptable. One wonders if they would
>>have been atheists if they had been born in the
>>latter half of the 20th century. [Maya]
I suspect it was more about atheism being intellectually
unacceptable. In the 18th century, the was no real well-developed science that offered adequate explanations as to where humans, the earth, and/or the universe came from. So deism seemed to make sense. Even the social aspect had more to do with notions of human dignity than challenging the Bible. Darwin's work outraged people, but not so much because it challenged the Bible. People were more shocked with the idea that we oh-so-superior humans could be considered just another animal, cousins to apes.
While deism and Satanism are technically compatible, these days I'd define a deist
as an atheist who's ignorant of cosmology and evolutionary biology! I sometimes wonder just how many self-proclaimed "atheists" are ex-christians who jumped to that term under the assumption that there were no other options that they'd agree with.
>>or Polytheist (multiple god creationlists)
You're equating theist
here with creationist
(assuming that’s what you meant by “creationl
ists”). They're not one in the same. Creationism is a religious-political movement that holds that either humans, the earth, or the universe, or some combination of those, was intentionally created by one or more conscious beings, and furthermore reject any scientific evidence that says otherwise. Not all theists are creationists; there are plenty of theists who know that evolution and cosmology do not inherently disprove the existence of deity. Likewise you find some people who believe the earth and humans were created by a group of aliens, but that doesn't mean they deify such aliens.