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deism

Syllabification: de·ism
Pronunciation: /ˈdēizəm, ˈdāizəm
 
 
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Definition of deism in English:

noun

Belief in the existence of a supreme being, specifically of a creator who does not intervene in the universe. The term is used chiefly of an intellectual movement of the 17th and 18th centuries that accepted the existence of a creator on the basis of reason but rejected belief in a supernatural deity who interacts with humankind. Compare with theism.
Example sentences
  • He reacts against the heresy of deism, the belief that God wound up the universe in the beginning but lets it run without intervention.
  • Not only was Newton not a deist; he believed deism heretical and harmful.
  • As a prelude to this Genesis-geology controversy, the eighteenth century also witnessed the spread of two competing but largely similar worldviews: deism and atheism.

Origin

late 17th century: from Latin deus 'god' + -ism.

Derivatives

deist

1
noun
Example sentences
  • Not only was Newton not a deist; he believed deism heretical and harmful.
  • Indeed he did, but he used it in connection with a deist theology that, however thin, gave him reason to think of humanity as having a value derived from a creator.
  • By the middle of the eighteenth century, though, these long-held beliefs were beginning to be called into question, and the European deists were the primary inquisitors.

deistic

2
Pronunciation: /dēˈistik/
adjective
Example sentences
  • Some of the many positions on creationism include progressive, deistic, theistic, ex nihilo, and directive creationism.
  • The worldview of the society around us is deistic at best and we follow our culture in not giving too much credence to speculations about demons or spirits.
  • Theological speculation and deistic tendencies were much discussed and much feared.

deistical

3
Pronunciation: /dēˈistikəl/
adjective
Example sentences
  • In 1732 he published The Case of Reason, arguing faith against deistical scepticism.
  • A number of deistical societies, ‘temples of reason,’ and newspapers devoted to rational religion were launched.
  • A few testimonies from the least exceptionable of deistical writers must suffice on this topic.

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