What is Deism?
One thing that is common these days is to assert that the Founding Fathers were Deists. Since I doubt that the term deism is especially well understood, let us start with a definition.
deism noun, often capitalized
de·ism | ˈdē-ˌi-zəm , ˈdā-
: a movement or system of thought advocating natural (see NATURAL entry 1 sense 8b) religion, emphasizing morality, and in the 18th century denying the interference of the Creator with the laws of the universe (from here (merriam-webster.com)
Merriam-Webster’s definition includes this note.
Did You Know?
Belief in God based on reason rather than revelation or the teaching of any specific religion is known as deism. The word originated in England in the early 17th century as a rejection of orthodox Christianity. Deists asserted that reason could find evidence of God in nature and that God had created the world and then left it to operate under the natural laws devised by God. By the late…
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