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Freethought in Action: Two Deistic Views on Morality

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Freethinkers reject authority and dogma, especially in religion. Freethinkers form their own conclusions, based on reason and logic, not group think. And that’s one of the beauties of Deism, a form of theistic freethought: Deists are not expected to uniformly believe the same things.

An example of this involves morality, where the World Union of Deists' Jayson and Tim hold two different views.

As Jayson explained last month, he believes that Utilitarianism (the ethical theory that every voluntary human action should attempt to achieve the greatest amount of happiness for the greatest amount of creatures, especially humans) is the best ethical theory.  But his co-host Tim Wingate disagrees, arguing that Utilitarianism or its variations has historically brought paternalistic, hierarchical, and authoritarian efforts -- sometimes violent -- to achieve the greatest good for all.  For Tim, examples provided in Nature should provide the foundation for ethical theory and morality.

Do both moralistic views lead to the same result? Is one better than another, or do you have something else in mind?  Find out what both freethinking Deists have to say on this subject, and feel free to call in with your opinions or questions.

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