For those of you who don't know, deism is the belief that, at some time, there was a god who created everything. It then either disappeared, or sat back to watch what happened with its creation, observing, but not interacting. It does not read minds, or answer prayers, or give a damn about sin. It does not create natural disasters or make bad things happen to good people. In essence, it is only a god in that it created all. My question is this: If you believe in Deism as the source of the universe, and that the god which created the universe did so and then ceased to exist, does that mean that you are not an atheist? Does atheism mean believing that there has never been a god, or that you only believe there is no current god?
By the way, these are not my beliefs. I am simply trying to create a good debate topic.
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