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  Deism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Deism is a religious movement that originated in 17th and 18th century Europe and North America and continues in a mostly similar form today.
Deism is a religious philosophy and methodology that asserts the existence of one God or supreme being.
Deism is generally considered to have died out as an influential school of thought by around 1800.
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 Deism - LoveToKnow 1911
Deism was one of the results, and is an important link in the chain of thought from the Reformation to our own day.
The negative side of deism came to the front, and, communicated with fatal facility, seems ultimately to have constituted the deism that was commonly professed at the clubs of the wits and the tea-tables of polite society.
It was assumed by deists in debating against the orthodox, that the flood of error in the hostile camp was due to the benevolent cunning or deliberate self-seeking of unscrupulous men, supported by the ignorant with the obstinacy of prejudice.
www.1911encyclopedia.org /Deism   (4660 words)

As naturalism was the epithet generally given to the teaching of the followers of the Spinozistic philosophy, as well as to the so-called atheists, deism seemed to its professors at once to furnish a disavowal of principles and doctrines which they repudiated, and to mark off their own position clearly from that of the theists.
The most important of these distinctions is undoubtedly that by which they are classed as "mortal" and "immortal" deists; for, while many conceded the philosophical doctrine of a future life, the rejection of future rewards and punishments carried with it for some the denial of the immortality of the human soul.
As deism took its rise, in the logical sequence of events, from the principles asserted at the Protestant Reformation, so it ran its short and violent course in a development of those principles and ended in a philosophical scepticism.
www.newadvent.org /cathen/04679b.htm   (4582 words)

 JewishEncyclopedia.com - DEISM:   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The relations of deism to Judaism, however, have not been made the subject of systematic inquiry, though non-Jewish controversial writers have often argued that Judaism, positing a transcendental God, virtually stood for deism.
Deism, as the denial of original sin and the soteriology built thereon, also harmonizes with Jewish doctrine.
But the doctrine of deism which relegates God, after creation, to the passive rüle of a disinterested spectator, is antipodal to the teachings of Judaism.
www.jewishencyclopedia.com /view.jsp?artid=209&letter=D   (1015 words)

 Thelemapedia: The Encyclopedia of Thelema & Magick | Deism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Deism is belief in a God or first cause based on reason and experience rather than on faith or revelation, and thus a form of theism in opposition to fideism.
Deism is usually synonymous with natural religion in 18th century Enlightenment writings, but a modern but small movement exists that is steadily growing in size.
Historical and modern Deism are defined by the view that reason should be the basis of belief and that the nature of God is generally incomprehensible as reason is limited in its ability to understand the qualities of God.
www.thelemapedia.org /index.php/Deism   (1251 words)

Deism is a term used to denote certain doctrines evidenced in thought and criticism that manifested themselves principally in England in the late 17th century but grew well beyond England and past the seventy year time frame of most intense deistical productions.
In the main, deism is an application of critical principles to religion, but it also offered—as a substitute for revealed truth—that body of truths that can be built up by the unaided efforts of natural reason.
It was out of a combination of Deism and reason that recognition of a society composed of a free people who could not be compelled to accept or live by any given set of worldviews was to emerge.
www.teachingaboutreligion.org /Backdrop&Context/deism.htm   (483 words)

 Deism - Wikipedia Light!   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Deism has become identified with the classical belief that God created but does not intervene in the world, though this is not a necessary component of deism.
Deism can be considered as the form of theism in opposition to fideism, while other schemes separate deism and theism.
Deism was championed by Enlightenment thinkers such as Voltaire and some of the Founding Fathers of the United States.
godseye.com /wiki/index.php?title=Deist   (1714 words)

 Modern Deism
Deism is a reason-based faith that postulates a belief in God through a foundation of Reason, Personal Experience and Nature (nature of the universe) with emphasis on freethought rather than a foundation of Divine revelation(s) and Holy texts.
Furthermore, Modern Deism incorporates the latest interpretations found in the fields of science, philosophy, psychology and history so that it integrates classical and modern viewpoints with the wisdom of the past with the discoveries of the present.
Unfortunately, the dictionary definition of Deism tends to push the idea that Deism is a “dead religion.” However, this is a fallacy as Deism is “alive” and growing.
moderndeism.com   (776 words)

Deism, as the word is customarily employed, describes an unorthodox religious attitude that found expression among a group of English writers beginning with
Deism took deep root in 18th-century Germany after it had ceased to be a vital subject of controversy in England.
English Deism was transmitted to Germany primarily through translations of Shaftesbury, whose influence upon thought was paramount.
cyberspacei.com /jesusi/inlight/religion/belief/deism.htm   (2005 words)

 Deism and Reason
Deism is not a formal religion, but a philosophy that emphasizes morality and reason without the need of supervision or benediction of the Creator in our everyday lives.
Deism also rejects any notion of dualism, the belief of a cosmic battle between light and darkness, Satan and God, etc. This is drawn again from Eastern religions such Zoroastrianism and Gnosticism.
The forerunner of Deism was the Stoicism of ancient Greece.
www.sullivan-county.com /deism.htm   (6818 words)

 Welcome to God Bless This Mess!: Deism
Deism, also called the Religion of Nature, is the view that the existence of a superior being or first cause may be demonstrated by human reason independently of any kind of supernatural revelation, but there are many variations of this opinion, ranging from Christian deism to militant anti-Christian deism.
Immanuel Kant made almost the same distinction between deism and theism, considering the former as the acceptance of a first cause, but denying its providence or control of human destiny; he viewed the latter as admitting a personal god, providence, and rewards and punishments in a future state.
Several strains of deism are to be found in Montesquieu-the concept of natural law and order, advocacy of toleration, and the satire of greedy priests-but his moderate observations were not delivered in a direct or forceful manner.
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 Vox Apologia » Deism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Deism flourished in the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries but began to die in the nineteenth century.
The fourth type of deism contends that God regulates the world, expects the obedience to the moral law grounded in nature, and has arranged for a life after death with rewards for the good and punishments for the wicked.
Deism was seeded during a time when not much work had been done on the validity of the scriptures or archaeological discoveries were available to endorse the Bible.
www.voxapologia.org /blog/deism   (4551 words)

 Deism - IBWiki
Deism evolved from the wondrous diversity of theological and philosophical consideration that had taken place over the previous several centuries.
Never a wildly popular denomination, Deism held firm through the 1860s, but rapid increases in scientific understanding are said to be the main cause for the reduction of the church.
Deism is essentially a Unitarian religion: the belief and position that God is unitary is considered to be more rational and natural to humanity than belief in multiple deities.
ib.frath.net /w/Deism   (726 words)

 Deism advocated in the Bible.
Deism is a form of rationalism that holds that it is through the observation of the natural world that one comes to know of the nature of God.
Deism is antipodal to orthodoxy and authority, since the authority of a book is rejected, and thus the authority of the church hierarchy.
While Deism might be anathema to hierarchical forms of religion, since it dismisses the authority of religious text and religious leaders, it is expressed in the Bible in various forms.
www.awitness.org /essays/deism.html   (1478 words)

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Deism is a belief in God based on reason and nature.
Deism rejects the "revelations" of the "revealed" religions but does not reject God.
Deism, therefore, involves the idea that God will not intervene in the working of the universe (through such things as miracles, for example).
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 DEISM: history, beliefs and practices
Deism was greatly influential among politicians, scientists and philosophers during the later 17th century and 18 century, in England, France Germany and the United States.
Early Deism was a logical outgrowth of the great advances in astronomy, physics, and chemistry that had been made by Bacon, Copernicus, Galileo, etc. It was a small leap from rational study of nature to the application of the same techniques in religion.
1648) was one of the earliest proponents of Deism in England.
www.religioustolerance.org /deism.htm   (1578 words)

 French Deism [Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
With other English influences Deism entered France, where, however, only its materialistic and revolutionary phases were seized upon, to the exclusion of that religiosity which had never been lost in England.
By the side of the party of the juste milieu and of good sense," of which Voltaire is the most prominent representative, there arose a school which carried the doctrines of mechanism and sensualism to their furthest consequences.
Their moral theories, deriving though they did from Hobbes and Hume, lost all connection with the position of Deism, which became for them a mere armory of weapons for the destruction of all religion with its consequences, intolerance and moral corruption.
www.utm.edu /research/iep/d/deismfre.htm   (998 words)

 Deists of VA/TN
Deism, as we define it, is a belief in a loving creator, an ultimate, eternal being, who is omnipresent and omniscient and perfectly good, but not omnipotent.
Deism entered France, but only its materialistic and revolutionary phases were seized upon, to the exclusion of religious values which had never been lost in England or America.
Deism was not actually a formal religion, but rather was a label used loosely to describe certain religious views.
www.sullivan-county.com /news/deist1999/index.htm   (4707 words)

 Deism -
It has jumped to the conclusion that because God is currently absent from the scene (apparently) this means that he doesn't exist and never did.
Deism has a lot to offer as a belief system.
It is the only belief system that is open to modification as it is based on observation and reason.
members.allstream.net /~fnojd/deism.html   (616 words)

 deism - Search Results - MSN Encarta
Deism, a rationalist religious philosophy that flourished in the 17th and 18th centuries, particularly in England.
Enlightenment, Age of, a term used to describe the trends in thought and letters in Europe and the American colonies during the 18th century prior...
Toland, John (1670-1722), Irish philosopher, who was a leading exponent of Deism, which held that nature was in itself proof of God's existence and...
encarta.msn.com /deism.html   (124 words)

 [wordup] Deism Defined
Deism is, as stated above, based on nature and reason, not "revelation." All the other religions make claim to special divine revelation or they have requisite "holy" books.
It's impossible for Deism to be a cult because Deism teaches self-reliance and encourages people to constantly use their reason.
Deism doesn't claim to have all the answers to everything, we just claim to be on the right path to those answers.
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Deism is the belief in a supreme being, who remains unknowable and untouchable.
Deism believes that precise and unvarying laws define the universe as self-operating and self-explanatory.
Since the latter part of the 18th century, deism used science to justify its stance.
www.allaboutphilosophy.org /deism.htm   (755 words)

 Open Directory - Society: Religion and Spirituality: Deism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Deism, English - Explores the Deism of Hobbes, Locke, Tindal, and the influence of Hume.
Deism, French - Brief historical survey of the development of Deism in France, as espoused by Voltaire, Diderot, and Rousseau.
Jewish Encyclopedia: Deism - Brief survey of English Deists, the influences in philosophy of Moses Mendelssohn, and the Talmud's rejection of the concept.
dmoz.org /Society/Religion_and_Spirituality/Deism   (683 words)

 History of Christian Deism
Deism is clearly present in the personal beliefs of Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826).
Thomas Jefferson is a good example of a deist in the United States, but deism was generally confined to intellectual discussions in academic and theological circles on the east coast.
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), who claimed to be a "thorough Deist" in his youth, said that he "began to suspect that this Doctrine tho' it might be true, was not very useful." At the age of 19, Franklin adopted a materialistic philosophy but quickly rejected it.
www.onr.com /user/bejo/histdeism.htm   (2686 words)

 Current Deism
One of the biggest changes occurring is that Deists are beginning to learn that their concept of Deism is not often accepted by many other Deists.
As there is no authority on Deism, as each Deist strives to develop their own concepts about God, it is only natural that there are different ideas in the Deist communities.
But, I do expect Deism to continue to grow as people come to realize that they do not have to find a religion that they can tolerate, but can become involved with the Deist movement and keep the ideas that they already have.
www.deist.info /html/current_deism.html   (810 words)

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