Hi, I'm new here. Thought I'd introduce myself. My pseudonym here in Contrarian Deist. I'm a 42 year old Canadian PanDeist. A metalhead, and a contrarian freethinker inspired by the likes of Thomas Paine(my hero), Christopher Hitchens(whose book *Letters to a young contrarian* is where I found the label *contrarian* which fits me like a glove, born this way, lol!), Aleister Crowley, George Orwell, and a thousand other brilliant individuals from all walks of life and statuses in society. I'm sociopolitically a *libertarian centrist*(leaning center right conservatarians in some issues/contexts and classical liberal to slightly center left/left libertarian in a few issues/contexts) and a civic nationalist opposed to globalist totalitarianism(not the concept of the *brotherhood of man/brotherhood of humanity and all sentient beings*...I'm for that, but globalism in terms of the transnational totalitarian agenda for a one world govt totalitarianism using hippyish rhetoric or SJW progressivism and cultural neomarxism and monopoly/crony capitalism to divide and conquer). And of course my cosmology or theology(I prefer *deology*) of PanDeism/PanenDeism. A brief note in my religious background. Raised Christian(mainstream protestant), in my mid-late teens did the born again evangelical Christian thing for allmost a decade till around 24- then liberal Christian for a short while, then around 25 early 2004 left the faith and revealed religion to become a classical deist, during which time I also embraced and started practicing occultism...calling myself a symbolic deistic satanis(mainly of the *dark doctrines Sat-Tan-ism* type as well as symbolic deistic neo-gnostic Luciferian...which label I much preferred to *satanism*, and explored various forms of occultism of the LHP and also the RHP....especially Aleister Crowley's *Thelema*) and I remained so till several years ago when I decided to just abandon all *religion* period. Also during that 12 or 13 year period I joined what was called the *Universist* movement rationalist quasi-religion which joined atheists, deists, agnostics, pantheists, and transcendentalists in a common *faithless* religion/movement till it went defunct. Also in early-mid 2007 read Sam Harris book *the end of faith* and was struck and compelled by an argument he made that convinced me to drop *deism* and become agnostic-atheist...but not a hard atheist and also retained equal openness to both the deistic and atheistic perspectives, then about five months in I read a couple books by physicist Paul Davies(who is a Deist) namely *cosmic jackpot* and *God and the new physics* and *mind of god* and ex leading atheist turned Deist Antony Flews book *there is a God . How the worlds most notorious atheist changed his mind* and was compelled towards Deism again...but not classical deism but rather a form of PanDeism/PanenDeism...and remain such to this day. That's my religious/spiritual/theological(deological) journey in a nutshell. Oh and to this day I still am an occultist ....only just intellectually as a researcher...not as a practitioner. Anyways. I'm pleased to make your acquaintances and hope to have many illuminating, thought provoking discussions on any and every topic here. In reason. Contrarian Deist.