There are several things to consider when reading 18th century, and prior, books on Deism is that the Deists of the time were not far away from their Christian, and in the case of Spinoza, Jewish roots and many of the previous concepts...heaven, hell, providence, and others were still engrained in the thought processes of the Deists who were laying new ground as far as the philosophy of Deism was concerned.
Only in the last few years has Deism gone through a renaissance of sorts and has slowly gained interest. I am currently working on a book about modern Deism and its importance as, "The God Alternative."
We have Atheism on the left, and Theism on the right...I hope to plant Deism right in the middle and offer it as a serious, viable alternative to those not comfortable with the left or the right and I believe that once people are truly aware of what Deism really is, that they will identify with it and feel quite comfortable about their faith in their belief....Deism is, after all, a non-prophet religion!
Movies? Mindwalk is a very powerful movie to me though it can't be considered a Deist movie...it covers the concepts which make me stand in awe of the universe every day.
Hello, i guess your book isnt out yet. I searched for it. I just bought a book titled "Godless" and i am NOT NOT NOT into the athiest thing but still an struggling with the christian thing. I firgued this book would aid me but i am still not looking into becoming an athiest. It is 2009 now and i am wondering when your book is comming out.
I don't know of any good current books on Deism, but there are still some good reads. Any good biography about the lives of Deists is good. You can see in their stories the practical applications of their beliefs. Right now I'm reading "Team of Rivals" which is a good current book about the great Deist, Abraham Lincoln.
Any well written book about Lincoln, Jefferson, or Franklin is good.
Really, when you read about Deism you are reading about natural religion. Deism is just a category of beliefs. By itself it isn't too interesting. Deism is one of the foundations of natural religion. For me, it's the values that come from naturalism and the way those values apply to everyday life that is most interesting.