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In 1744 Thomson used the passage on "a man perishing" to introduce an addition to the argument, "whence reflections on the wants and miseries of human life." Thus The Seasons had transformed from a largely deistic poem into a poetic account of man's position within the natural cycle, introducing many miscellaneous references to historical progress and statements that were inspired by Thomson's involvement in the writing culture of the Patriot Opposition.
The centerpiece of that strategy was the Declaration of Independence Lincoln described the Declaration as America's "ancient faith." Given the fact the Declaration was only several decades old at the time, this only made sense, Jayne believes, "if Lincoln was referring to the Declaration's deistic 'Nature's God' and natural theology of that God that created 'all men' equal" (p.
Many religious citizens find comfort in deistic references on the currency, in the taking of oaths and in the word about God with which the U.S.
Emerson and the Transcendentalists had rejected this compromise, spurning deistic rationalism in favor of German idealism, and Christian morality in favor of a semimystical individualism.
Although Professor Schick said he was writing about a theistic God, his description ("to explain various phenomena, such as the origin of the universe, the design of the universe, and the origin of living things") seemed to more nearly concern an impersonal deistic God.
The second stage counteracts a deistic misconstrual of God's relationship to the world, a misconception that undermines the very possibility of viewing creation in narrative terms" (pp.
(Bishop Berkeley himself wrote in opposition to the Deistic concept of God.) He is now "sliding toward senility," gone, and perhaps dead: Such is the speculation of the philosopher-animals.
In The Age of Reason (1974), Paine attacked Christianity and orthodox religion, Wood notes, but he also set forth "his deistic belief in God the creator and harmonizer of the world." His deism was not very different from that of Jefferson or Benjamin Franklin.
Many of his admirers in America seized upon this idea as the basis of deistic thought.
In the Sketch Darwin had posited "a being infinitely more sagacious than man (not on omniscient creator)" who carried out the selecting; in the Essay there are references to "a Being" (Darwin, Works x: 5, 66); and in The Origin these deistic entities have been expunged but the personification of nature as selecting agent still lingers, a personification that worded Wallace who pleaded with Darwin to drop the metaphor of natural selection.
Among his philosophic works are Pensees philosophiques (1746), which is deistic in thought and a defense of human passions; Lettre sur les aveugles ...
We are not given a deistic picture of a clock-maker God who once created the cosmic machinery and then lets it run on its own, but of a creator who is active in the world that he created.
Heraclitus viewed everything as grounded on what Rustow called the rationalistic "divine reason" of deistic philosophy.
AFTER 80 PAGES WITH ALLEN AND Young, Stewart reaches the main event, his effort, recapitulating much of the account in Greenblatt's The Swerve, to show how the materialist theories of Epicurus, "the most famous atheist in history," reached the American Founders and how "the revolutionary force" of the Epicurean ideas "persisted undiminished." Stewart is intent on demonstrating that the founders' deistic "philosophical radicalism" was the "foundation" of their "revolutionary political project." His first stab at finding a proof for this thesis rests on the assertion that Epicurus and his disciples were evolutionists along Darwinian lines; so was Jefferson, we are told, because one of his college teachers knew Darwin's grandfather.
If we had to give the majority of them a name, let's use DWMPS (Deistic, Wealthy, Moralistic Protestant and Catholics).