- 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.
Origin of deism
Examples from the Web for deism
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.
Their system was Deism; that is, the belief in one only God.
This is what Deism forgets, with its habits of intemperate affirmation.
One could never draw from them what had never existed in them,—Deism or instruction.
With such a persuasion, Deism would be a more consistent creed.Aids to Reflection
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
For many years this gentleman had been distinguished for Deism.George Whitefield
- belief in the existence of God based solely on natural reason, without reference to revelationCompare theism
Word Origin and History 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.)