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 (dē′ĭz′əm, dā′-)
A religious belief holding that God created the universe and established rationally comprehensible moral and natural laws but does not intervene in human affairs through miracles or supernatural revelation.

[French déisme, from Latin deus, god; see dyeu- in Indo-European roots.]

de′ist n.
de·is′tic adj.
de·is′ti·cal·ly adv.
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Adj.1.deistic - of or relating to deism
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He derived the ideas, in fragmentary fashion, from Bolingbroke, who was an amateur Deist and optimist of the shallow eighteenth century type, and so far was Pope from understanding what he was doing that he was greatly disturbed when it was pointed out to him that the theology of the poem was Deistic rather than Christian [Footnote: The name Deist was applied rather generally in the eighteenth century to all persons who did not belong to some recognized Christian denomination.
There is this difference between me and deistic philosophers: I believe; and I believe the Gospel.
Religious instruction, Rousseau argues, should be substituted with a deistic experience of the universe, with no place allowed for church attendance or ritual observances.
Not surprisingly, in typical leftist shifting-the-goalposts style, the Cult of Reason endured as the official religion for only a year or two, at which point an outraged Robespierre replaced it with his own deistic "Cult of the Supreme Being.
Consequently, reflective forays in the history of ideas should trace back the development of unbelief in the United States to the study of ,,natural philosophers, deistic rationalists, and humanistic moralists" (Schmidt 2016, 17); accordingly, the figure of Giordano Bruno stands for exemplary martyrdom, the Enlightenment secularists (Voltaire, Hume, Spinoza) unveil the true nature of inquisitive rationality as opposed to dogmatism and bigotry, and romantic poets like Shelley and Coleridge would deny the traditional tenets of Christian faith (Schmidt 2016, 30,34).
Even more notoriously, he suggests that the God of philosophy is necessarily a kind of deistic first cause (19).
Even though most of his wild theological speculations are not in conflict with the testimony of Scripture, he clearly portrays God as a deistic machine maker.
We are not given a deistic picture of a clock-maker God who once created the cosmic machinery and then lets it run on its own, but of a creator who is active in the world that he created.
Bruckberger reminds us that our Independence Day is not owned by philosophers but by the Continental Congress, which added to Jefferson's deistic formulation of "Nature's God" two descriptions of God: as a creator and as a judge--as a personal God.
The film's message contains a range of religious themes, evoking Southern Baptist black church styles, in contrast to those of a more rigid Catholicism, and Homer's personal understanding of religious faith is deistic rather than theistic, the belief system supported by Mother Maria.
Among MTD comments, therapeutic comments were more common than moralistic or deistic comments, [chi square] (2, N = 28) = 15.
Although he admits that there were "few committed deists in America" (naming three minor characters who had nothing to do with any of the founding documents), Green claims that the Declaration of Independence is entirely deistic.