He was also younger brother of Lord Edward Herbert of Cherbury, an inveterate duellist and the father of English Deism
We can, however, confidently say that English deism
and what some call the "German classic philosophy" (2) that began with Kant and passed by way of Hegel and Schleiermacher before reaching Marx and Nietzsche, are among those currents of thought that have significantly contributed to that vision, especially when it comes to contemporary perceptions of religion.
, the religious expression of the new Enlightenment, was a powerful influence on the leading people of England and America in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.
Jefferson spoke in a May 5, 1817, letter of "true religion" as based on "moral precepts, innate in man," and the "sublime doctrine of philanthropism and deism
taught us by Jesus of Nazareth.
If man has not a free will, then the Machiavellians are justified, as are Calvinism, Rationalism, Deism
, Capitalism, and Communism.
While too few in number of make statistical generalizations, Latinos also mentioned practicing Hinduism, Taoism, paganism, Satanism, spiritualism, deism
, mixed traditions and Native American spiritual traditions.
The former is not a Christian or even a theistic God, yet deism
is extremely tempting because it fits so nicely the naturalism of psychology: God created the order of the world that psychologists investigate, but God is no longer involved in the world (naturalism), and psychologists do not need to take divine influences into account in their theories, methods, and practices.
Thus any absolutism the state might impose on the clergy is no different from the absolute truth of the Deism
Mendelssohn already assumes.
Yet his Deism
had been the legacy of his freethinking Jesuit teachers at his elite Parisian lycee, not of his fellow philosophes.
Many of our country's Founding Fathers accepted only Deism
, the belief that God may have created the world, but then it was on its own, mirroring Isaac Newton's notion of the world as a giant clock, given an initial one-time windup by Deity.
Rustow traced this viewpoint to deism
and beyond it to a mystical pre-Socratic Greek belief in a harmonious universe.
To support his contention, Ruderman explores the topics of Bible translation, Hebrew language study, Deism
, radical politics, contemporary science and, finally, Jewish translation, in each case demonstrating how the Jewish response to the national debate reflected a far greater degree of engagement than Jewish historians have heretofore believed.