Pandeism is a modern, indeed revolutionary, theological theory derived from logic and reason, reconciling elements of Pantheism and Deism. Pandeism may be tested by asking one simple question:
If you believe that it is possible that ours is a created Universe, then is the Creator in which you believe powerful enough to have set forth the Universe exactly as we experience it, in every particular while needing do nothing more than set forth the initial energy of this Universe and the governing dynamics which control the behavior of that energy?
Is it powerful enough to initiate a Universe where everything which we experience comes to pass — stars, planets, the origin of life, the rise of complex ecosystems, the rise of intelligent life, machinery, technology, and social institutions — by doing no more than causing the Creation?
Is it powerful enough to bring about our experience of our world without needing to interfere again, after the moment of Creation?
If the Creator in which you believe is not this powerful, then it is by definition inferior to one which is.
Now, you may claim that it has such power, but that you believe it has continued to intervene….
But if it was powerful enough to bring about our Universe in every particular without intervening… that would include bringing about the appearance of intervention where there is none.
And you may claim to believe your Creator has told you otherwise….
But if it was powerful enough to bring about our Universe in every particular…. that would include bringing about your belief that you have been told things — even when you have not.
And you may claim to believe your Creator would not mislead you….
But every faith has its own holy books and sacred traditions. And though these contradict and conflict with one another, most of their adherents share the conviction that theirs is the only truth, and that their Creator would not mislead them.
But if our Creator was powerful enough to bring about our Universe in every particular, without intervening in any way after the very moment of Creation…. that would include bringing about your belief, and everyone else’s competing belief that you would not be mislead.
But then, there is the Creator discerned by the theological theory of Pandeism….
The pandeistic Creator is not only powerful enough to bring about our Universe in every particular –including the existence of intelligent life and all of our beliefs and traditions–through nothing more than a singular transformative moment of Creation….
It is powerful enough to have actually done this!!
And this accounts for our Universe in every particular — including all beliefs to the contrary.
Naturally, you may yet deny that this theological model fully accounts for every aspect of our Universe….
You need only confess that your God lacks the power to set forth our Universe in such a manner.