Notes from "A Purpose Derived Life"
(a work in progress)
Another characteristic of deity is Involvement. How involved is God in your life and the lives of others? I use the term Determinist to identify people who believe that God controls all aspects of life. For them, a life purpose has already been chosen for them and they only need to realize it. On the opposite end of a Determinist is a Deist who believes that God created the universe and then moved aside to let the world develop on its own. Between those two concepts, I used the term shamanist to describe someone who believes that the sacred is a source that can influence the world but must first be accessed through specific practices.