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I rather tentatively believe in a God who might be called "The Creator of the Universe" or "The First Cause" and who may be the ultimate source of a creative dynamism ("vital spark"?) that seemingly energizes life.  Beyond that initial moment (which some link to "The Big Bang") I believe God does not interfere with the workings of the universe—which proceed according to physical laws. I believe humans’ conception of God can only be informed indirectly through observation and rational investigation of the natural world—not directly through divine revelation or mystical experience.

More Information About This Worldview Theme

a diamond WV Theme...

...individual <---> knowledge

the theme is paired with: #8B   Belief in a Personal God to make Choice #5    in the Choices We Make cards 

this theme as presented in older version of theme structure:   version 1.0  version 2.0    version 3.0      theme new to version 4?--new name

click to look at the Project Worldview Cultural Literacy Encyclopedia Related Words, Beliefs, Background articles for the above choice 

 Project Worldview authored discussion, Worldview Watch related issues, songs, etc.  

Discussion from The Worldview Literacy Book Songs
Worldview Watch issue #59: How Belief in Evolution can Aid Monotheists and Win Sympathy for Climate Deniers 
Worldview Watch issue #47: Paris, France and How Big and Majestic is Your Conception of God? 
Worldview Watch issue #31: God, Science, Faith

Wikipedia articles related to this theme:

Monotheism Deism Natural Theology
God  Creation--theology  Nontheism
Big Bang  Deistic Evolution Cosmological Argument

 worldview internal inconsistency related: Strongly valuing this theme and any of the themes in the list below is a contradiction:

  #7B Magic #9A   Religious Fundamentalism  #9B  Simply In God's Hands: Apocalypticism
#12A Polytheism, Animism, Pagan   #14A  Salvation & Moralistic God    #25  Evil is Out There  

More to Explore -- Worldview Theme #8A: Monotheistic Deism

Deism (Britannica encyclopedia article)
All About Deism (article from All About Philosophy website)
 World Union of Deists (organization website)
The Existence of God (arguments for and proofs of, from The Catholic Encyclopedia)
The Origins of Biblical Monotheism  (by Dennis Prager, New York University professor)
Why be Blinded by Science and Materialism?
God, Viewed by Christianity and Other Religions
Monotheism  (Christian-Catholic perspective)
God is Love...Love is life believing in itself  by Manitongquat (poem offers Native American perspective)
"The Marketplace of Faith," by Jackson Dykman (report on American religious affiliations, in Time 3/10/08)
Ethical Monotheism (Jewish perspective)
An Introduction to Islamic Monotheism
The Question of God --the voice of Viktor Frankel in Man's Search for Meaning (on PBS website, find other voices on this question there also)
Religious Studies Popular Programs (links to 75 UCTV programs)
What is Monotheism? (atheist perspective)
Is There a God? by Marilyn Adamson (presents six reasons to believe in God)
"When Americans Say They Believe in God, What Do They Mean?" (Pew Research Report April 25 2018)
"The Future of God" by Deepak Chopra (review by Alex Kip of this PBS publicized film on The Huffington Post August 5 2014) 
Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth  by Reza Aslan (book review on The Huffington Post Sep 3 2013)
Christians, Muslims and Jesus by Mona Siddiqui (book review from The Economist Aug 10 2013)
God: A Story of Revelation by Deepak Chopra (more about this 2012 book)
"Americans: Undecided About God?" by Eric Weiner (opinion article in NY Times December 13 2011)
"Philospher Sticks Up for God" by Jennifer Schuessler (review of book by Alvin Plantinga in NY Times Dec 2011)
"An Open Letter to the Atheist Community" by Rabbi Adam Jacobs (Feb 2011 letter on The Huffington Post)
A History of God by Karen Armstrong  (July 2009 review  by Simon Blackburn of this book about monotheism posted on The Guardian)
Is There a God? by Richard Swinburne (read portions of this 1996 book at Google Books)
Faith, Reason, God, by Cornelia Dean, NY Times (reviews of books by scientists (some believers, some atheists))
"Does Science Make Belief in God Obsolete?" (from the John Templeton Foundation website)
Cosmic Impressions: Traces of God in the Laws of Nature, by Walter Thirring (book by scientist looks at evidence of Creator)
"How Pope Benedict Reconciled God and the Big Bang" by G. Koprowski (Jan 15 2011 Fox News story)

Fingerprints of God by Barbara B. Haggerty (watch 2010 interview of the NPR affiliated author of this book, posted on You Tube)

How God Changes Your Brain, by A. Newberg and M. Waldman (read excerpts, reviews of 2009 book)
Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief, by Francis S. Collins (reviews of this 2006  book)
There is a God: How the World's Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind, by Atony Flew (NY Times review of 2007 book)
"Barrow and Tipler on the Anthropic Principle vs. Divine Design," by William Lane Craig  (Christian perspective)
Spiritual Wholeness (New Age Catholic perspective)
Tolerant Monotheism (indications from Islamic tradition)
God Against the Gods: The History of the War Between Monotheism and Polytheism, by J. Kirsch
Bane of Monotheism
Goddess Worship
The World Union of Deists
Intelligent Design (from online encyclopedia)
Anthropic Principle (from online encyclopedia)
Intelligent Design Network (seeks objectivity in origins science)
Intelligent Design? A special report from Natural History Magazine
Peer Reviewed Publications Supporting Intelligent Design (from The Discovery Institute)
"Life's Irreducible Structure," by Alex Williams (intelligent design promoted by appealing to autopoiesis)
quotes related to monotheism

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"As you shop in "The Reality Marketplace" avoid spending your "reality cash" too early,  before you have seen everything. " 
from Coming of Age in the Global Village,  by Stephen P. Cook,  with Donella H. Meadows.