He now interprets God more deistically
, as a universal force that, metaphorically, is "almost like a huge electrical current.
From the safety of his anonymous authorship the American-born midshipman, James Matra, included in his account of the Endeavour voyage a distinctly Deistically
tinged account of Tahitian religious practice: 'They have however no religious establishment, or mode of divine worship.
Every generation bestows a new creation myth, cycling through the deistically
divine inspiration of the Thomases (Paine and Jefferson), to a cynical land-grab by white male slave-owners, and back again: the current issue of contention seems to be whether or not the United States is, at its very core, Christian in its founding and temperament.