belief in the existence of a God on the evidence of reason and nature only, with rejection of supernatural revelation (distinguished from theism).
belief in a God who created the world but has since remained indifferent to it.
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How to use deism in a sentence
Indeed, just last week, a cluster of polls showed that deism is on the upswing in America.
deism is the belief in a supreme being who is a creator who does not intervene in the universe.
It is a contest in which opinions may vary in all degrees, from pure deism to utter Ultramontanism.The English Church in the Eighteenth Century | Charles J. Abbey and John H. Overton
Mr. Mitchell was nominally a Unitarian in his religious creed, but he held very lax notions of this theology, and verged to deism.The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.III. | E. Farr and E. H. Nolan
deism is a "sordid" creed, which relegates God to heaven and ignores his ever-operating life in creation.The Life of Mazzini | Bolton King
British Dictionary definitions for deism
belief in the existence of God based solely on natural reason, without reference to revelation: Compare theism
- deist, noun, adjective
- deistic or deistical, adjective
- deistically, adverb
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Cultural definitions for deism
The belief that God has created the universe but remains apart from it and permits his creation to administer itself through natural laws. Deism thus rejects the supernatural aspects of religion, such as belief in revelation in the Bible (see also Bible), and stresses the importance of ethical conduct. In the eighteenth century, numerous important thinkers held deist beliefs. (See clockwork universe.)
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