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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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There is this difference between me and deistic philosophers: I believe; and I believe the Gospel.
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.
Such questioning, the present study means to argue, is entirely justifiable to the deistic mindset (such as St.
Whether considering anointed artisans to build the tabernacle ("a community art project" in Exodus 25; 35-36), or being a people who enact the general charisms of Romans 12, Self explains the intelligent design that is realized when the people of God are who they are called to "be," and "do" for the life of the world--the very God-bathed world that is not drearily deistic but is richly Trinitarian.
Self-Directing Religious Coping: A Deistic God, Abandoning God, or No God at All?
43) In the realms of living history, a combination of deistic icons, who rule [in physical absentia] the proceedings, are celebrated, using a much-practiced gospel, which is orchestrated vigorously by pilgrimaging host-priests/priestesses.
Not surprisingly, Dworkin favorably discusses the nontheistic religions of Paul Tillich, Baruch Spinoza, and pantheism, although he only comes close to endorsing Spinoza's deistic version.
Furthermore, the God whom Christians believe in is not a deistic one.
And yet the artist must still resolve a schizophrenic, deistic desire: to be the talk of the town while satisfying his powerful audience.
His deistic pantheism seemed out of touch with the growing skepticism about metaphysics and theology.
Still others view God as a disengaged deistic God, which is a God that created the world, yet is not directly involved in worldly matters.