In order to understand the Natural Laws and the Causal Factors of Life, it is absolutely necessary to understand what Giordano Bruno stated with respect to the Soul of mankind in the statement of fact: "The soul is not the body and it may be in one body or in another, and pass from body to body". And in order to understand the Clock-Maker Universe, the person must understand the words of Bruno when he stated that "The divine perfection of the individual soul is the aim of all progression". And that this individual soul-progression is accomplished by the Natural Laws as personified in the words of Bruno when he stated that "Every act performed [by man] brings its appropriate reward or punishment in another life. In proportion as the soul has conducted itself in a body, it determines for itself its transition into another body." Which affirms the statement of the Church Father Origen when he stated that “Every soul... comes into this world strengthened by the victories or weakened by the defeats of its previous life” (Origen, De Principiis). Which means that the Causal Factors of the conditions we entered into this life, as well as all that we experience in life, has all been orchestrated by our own Soul's actions in the previous lives our Soul has lived. God does therefore not intervene in the affairs of man, because the Natural Laws that God put into effect is in control of each person's development -- and that each person can change their condition in life, by embracing the Natural Laws and fulfilling them in their daily life.
At a certain point in our development we begin to understand that God is not an old man with a beard -- and even our own Higher Soul-Self that is a Being of Light (see http://BeingOfLight.com ), is a Being of Pure Intellect, Intelligence and a Godly Expression of Love. And in order to understand why the Deists sought the Knowledge of the Natural Laws of Creation, it is important to begin to understand man's true relationship to God. Quoting from: The Soul - Thomas Paine's Rights Of Man And Emerson's Oversoul http://SoulSelf.org#RightsOfMan : While Emerson is known as the father of Transcendentalism, he is also known as a Deist -- but by definition, it has been noted that Pythagoras, Plato and Jesus can also be defined as a Deist. But of ultra interest is the statement in the book on Emerson where it is written: "Emerson gives his argument a special twist at this point since his first sentence also alludes to Paine's Rights of Man. Arguing for the rights of men over the rights of institutions and government, he recalls Paine's claims for the sacred rights of the individual. Like Emerson, Paine's 'motive and subject -- as he describes it in a letter of 1806 to John Inskeep, the mayor of Philadelphia -- had always been 'to rescue man from the tyranny and false systems and false principles of government, and enable him to be free.'" (see Nature's Archives - p. 114). While it is noted that this exposé portrays Emerson's thesis on the Oversoul as perhaps his most important work, it is also noted that very little useable information is provided to the reader. And because of the great importance of this higher reality, this present work is intended to fill in the great void with respect to the higher reality of the soul of man that few religions or philosophies today have any real understanding of.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, like many of the early American Gnostics, was a Deist. Quoting the Wikipedia: "The Oversoul is an essay by Ralph Waldo Emerson, first published in 1841. The broad subject of the essay, considered one of Emerson's best, is the human soul. Several general themes are treated: (1) the existence and nature of the human soul; (2) the relationship between the soul and the personal ego; (3) the relationship of one human soul to another; and (4) the relationship of the human soul to God. Influence of Eastern religions, including Vedantism, is plainly evident, but the essay also develops ideas long present in the Western tradition, e.g., in the works of Plato, Plotinus, and Emmanuel Swedenborg. The essay attempts no systematic doctrine, but rather serves as a work of art, something like poetry. Its virtue is in personal insights of the author and the lofty manner of their presentation. Emerson wishes to exhort and direct the reader to an awakening of similar thoughts or sentiments. With respect to the four themes listed above, the essay presents the following views: (1) the human soul is immortal, and immensely vast and beautiful; (2) our conscious ego is slight and limited in comparison to the soul, despite the fact that we habitually mistake our ego for our true self; (3) at some level, the souls of all people are connected, though the precise manner and degree of this connection is not spelled out; and (4) the essay does not seem to explicitly contradict the traditional Western idea that the soul is created by and has an existence that is similar to God, or rather God exists within us. This idea was later adopted by many religions."
Take notice of the above statement: "...at some level, the souls of all people are connected, though the precise manner and degree of this connection is not spelled out" -- and when the Cosmology of Mind is understood, it is seen that what Emerson was missing was an understanding of the Matrix of the Soul (see Man As An Embryonic Soul-Image http://SoulSelf.org#EmbryonicSoulImage ) -- and holographically, this same Matrix of the Soul also exists on a higher level within the Matrix of the Logos (Mind of God ). Other quotes by Emerson on the soul of man is seen in the words: "The soul comes from without into the human body, as into a temporary abode, and it goes out of it anew it passes into other habitations, for the soul is immortal." And again: "It is the secret of the world that all things subsist and do not die, but only retire a little from sight and afterwards return again. Nothing is dead; men feign themselves dead, and endure mock funerals… and there they stand looking out of the window, sound and well, in some strange new disguise." —Ralph Waldo Emerson.
An Enlightened person who understands the Natural Laws of Creation, understands that God is not a being who is separate from man -- but is the very Consciousness within which we move and have out being. Perhaps one of the best teachings (which was removed from the canonical Gospels by the Church, has been preserved in the outlawed Gospel of the Nazirenes, and is known as the parable of the fishes (quoting): "And there were certain men, of doubtful mind, who came to Jesus, and said to him, You tell us that our life and being comes from God, but we have never seen God, nor do we know of any God. Can you show us whom you call the Father-Mother, one God? We don't know if there is a God. Jesus answered them, saying, Hear this parable of the fishes. The fishes of a certain river communed with one another, saying, they tell us that our life and being is from water, but we have never seen water, we don't know what it is. Then some among them, wiser than the rest, said, We have heard there dwells in the sea a wise and learned fish, who knows all things. Let us journey to him, and ask him to show us what water is. So several of them set out to find this great and wise fish, and they came at last to the sea where in the wise fish dwelt, and they asked of him. And when he heard them he said to them, O you foolish fish that don't contemplate! The few of you who seek, are wise. You live, and move, and have your being in the water; from the water you came, to the water you return. You live in the water, yet you don't know it.' In a similar manner, you live in God, and yet you ask of me, 'Show us God.' God is in all things, and all things are in God."