deism


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the form of theological rationalism that believes in God on the basis of reason without reference to revelation

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More common during the colonial era, deism holds that there is a God (or some kind of primary animating force behind the creation of the universe) that set things in motion.
Through the efforts of "radical philosophers and their fellow travelers," otherwise unidentified, whom Stewart regards as the true heirs of the founders, "America's mainstream religion" has been transformed into "one form or another of popular deism, and popular deism is just atheism adapted to the limitations of the common understanding of things.
In this eBook, Lig Heelal makes his debates scripts available for readers from all stances and also includes a definition of Atheism, Theism and Deism in order to put to rest the confusion and prejudicial conceptions many people have about the three words.
Atheism, however, simply involves having no theism, and deism -- belief that a celestial Clockmaker wound up the universe and set it ticking -- is too watery a theism to count.
Galloway, the Supreme Court is deliberating the consequences of a relatively new artificial construct called "ceremonial deism.
In fact, it has succumbed to neopaganism--a practical atheism that, similar to 18th-century Deism, relegates God (if He exists) to a peripheral role in one's life.
Enlightenment deism ignores faith and operates with only an instrumental reason so that it fails to consider the consequences of what the original fall produces in man.
There is no way for me to distinguish such a position from what can be called "functional deism.
Each of these, by passing Christianity through the filter of post-Enlightenment reason, ended up with a pale, anemic Jesus irreconcilable to Jesus of the gospels and with a god reduced to a notion in deism.
Pennsylvania) explains that since the rise of modern science during the 17th century, Western theology has been split between deism, which sees God as transcendental and outside the world, and pantheism, which sees God as immanent and identical with the material world.
Whilst they might contribute to overthrowing deism and eventually bring about the longed-for political revolution, the promise of freedom or liberation is not certain: liberation itself might be destructive--ghosts should therefore also be feared.
In his first chapter he explains the role of deism as a model of design in the eighteenth century, but then finally as a metonym for all natural theology in the nineteenth century.
Two categories of conceptions are typically considered the primary candidates for compatibility: deism and dualism.
Scholars sympathetic to materialism, skepticism, and deism will likely take issue with Stark's critique of Enlightenment values.