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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.
He was no evangelical or pietist, but Thompson cautions against reading deistic tendencies into Washington's silences on religion.
For instance, we found, after watching the three-hour finale, that this narrative ended up not only deistic but confusingly so.
Some have suggested that the Founding Fathers used the term "Providence" as an impersonal term for a deistic god who is not involved in human affairs, but in fact its meaning is the opposite.
(40-49) The speaker, who describes himself at the opening of the poem as having been "nurs'd by careless Solitude" (8), wanders solitarily in search of the essence of deistic Nature, an essence that he finds expressed in the nightingale's sad song.
For Jayne, the key commotion between Lincoln and Jefferson is their shared belief in what he terms "deistic idealism (p.
Cell biologist and author Kenneth Miller illustrates such a deistic ideology in this, "To some, the murderous reality of human nature is proof that God is absent or dead.
contrasts a classical "grammar of participation" with a modern, deistic "grammar of representation" (21-40).
The spirit of the liberal democratic and deistic tradition in which America's founding documents were conceived was partly that of what bell hooks contemporarily calls "white supremacist capitalist patriarchy." White supremacist capitalist patriarchy as a matrix of social-political-cultural arrangements that endure over time comes complete with the canonical authorities of reason, science and religion, which allegedly undergird the "nature" of human beings and their individual/communal lives together.
The Declaration of Independence mentions the Almighty only twice, both in a deistic sense.
His critical application of the book's thesis to this novel is one of the most compelling and persuasive cases he makes, positioning Sir Thomas Bertram as a kind of deistic God-symbol who is in need of spiritual reform.