30 - Jefferson and Franklin were both Deists Extremely...

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American Lit Notes 19:03 System of nature : mechanical, self enclosed, like a machine or its like a watch  (cyclic movements that come back to the first position again) - It isn’t changing or progressing anywhere - God is removed from us - What is important is: what God      ISN’T     - This God is the God who absconded the God who went away God was only interested in the creation, not interested in the individuals within the  creation - If God does maintain an interest in the creation, its only in the total system of  the creation - God doesn’t give miracles - God doesn’t give a revelation, the creation is the point - God doesn’t have any messages for us - God doesn’t choose people, we are all the same, we are what we are, we are all  human - God doesn’t  save  anyone - God doesn’t condemn anyone
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Unformatted text preview: Jefferson and Franklin were both Deists Extremely hostile to Christianity Jefferson wrote a Jefferson New Testament Becomes a new religion People believe the things they like to believe, we have a desire that things might be this way. Franklin has to leave Boston because of problems with religion Deism might be true but it is not very useful Morals: most revelatory religions come with a set of things that appear to you by revelation and God says these things are good and you must do them as often as you can The only thing you can say in Deism is if it natural or if its not natural Procreation: natural Murder: natural Therefore how can you prefer one to the other on naturalness Those 2 things are part of the system of nature: existent and possible 19:03 19:03...
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