Consults with Trees
You said, "Reading stuff like this makes me glad I'm part of a life-affirming, world-affirming religion." And I'm asking, what other life-affirming, world-affirming belief is there besides deism?
Most of them, when I think about it. Only a portion of the world's religions and philosophies fixate on alleged hereafters at the expense of the now.
At the very least, it is one.
Could you explain why you see it that way? That doesn't follow to me.