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Is it possible to balance Deism and Taoism?

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  1. Deism is a rather broad term. It depends on the specific denomination or faith. The Baha’i Faith maybe. Islam, not so much.

  2. Go for it!
    I’m afraid that I can’t comment very knowledgeably about Taoism. Deism, as far as I can tell, is the belief that God is a clockmaker who wound the clock (universe) and let it go; He’s a completely noninterventionist God (I can appreciate that). Doesn’t sound nearly as implausible as Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and many other beliefs.
    I don’t know whether the two can be balanced. But I won’t discourage you from attempting it. Good luck.

  3. The Tao is an amazing observation of the interaction between GOD and his creation. The Tao is very similar to the Greek concept of the Logos. The Word and The Way are very very similar. Even the Ten Thousand things are an awesome explanation of worldly sin. So to answer your question I would balance the two by simply stating that In the beginning was the Tao and the Tao became flesh and dwelt among us to free us from the Ten Thousand things. We are to become like the empty bowl or the uncarved block and abandon ourselves to the Tao. Christ Jesus our Lord.
    Jhn 14:6 KJV – Jesus saith unto him, I am “the way”, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

  4. Yes, I believe there is a balance. They are essentially the same idea, but with different focus and background.
    There are many commonalities between the two.
    1. Deism believes God does not intervene with human affairs; In Tao’s scripts, the same idea is expressed. Praying does not work.
    2. Deism believes a so called God, “superbeing”, “Creator”; But Taoism does not make this clear, it however says a lot about “Tao”, the way the universe works. And it also says Tao can only be observed from Nature, which implies the natural laws the God has created for the universe. “Tao is so complex that it cannot be expressed or even named”, this is because there are so many natural laws(such as universal gravitation, Thermal dynamics and so many others) that it is not feasible to summarize them all, but to be observed from Nature.
    Differences:
    Modern Desim mostly is a response to other religions, such as Christianity. It emphases that revealed religion is not correct and God does not intervene with human affair. On the other hand, Taoism is a response to the then Chaotic wartime social situation. The focus then is not on God, the Creator, but on how to live a life “naturally”. The linkage to God is only through the observation of “natural laws” implicit in Taoism. Taoism never claimed there is a God that created everything, but it says there are natural mechanisms, natural laws in everything.
    A way of life, a philosophical point of view about life is more important that religion. I think both Taoism and Deism are not religion, but philosophical point of views. Even among the deists, there are many who are not sure about God(or whatever the name)’s existence, but rather we cannot explain things, so maybe there is something that created all these wonderful things. Deism has its focus mainly because of revealed religion such as Christianity. Taoism focus on improving life by adopting to a natural approach, an approach that follows natural’s laws naturally.
    I believe all reasonable ( and logical, responsible) person shall either be a Deist (believe in God), a Atheist (don’t believe in God) or a Agnostic (not sure), but not necessarily Taoism. Taoism is not a religion, but a way of life.

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