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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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He now interprets God more deistically, as a universal force that, metaphorically, is "almost like a huge electrical current.
From the safety of his anonymous authorship the American-born midshipman, James Matra, included in his account of the Endeavour voyage a distinctly Deistically tinged account of Tahitian religious practice: 'They have however no religious establishment, or mode of divine worship.
Every generation bestows a new creation myth, cycling through the deistically divine inspiration of the Thomases (Paine and Jefferson), to a cynical land-grab by white male slave-owners, and back again: the current issue of contention seems to be whether or not the United States is, at its very core, Christian in its founding and temperament.