from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The belief, based solely on reason, in a God who created the universe and then abandoned it, assuming no control over life, exerting no influence on natural phenomena, and giving no supernatural revelation.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A philosophical belief in the existence of a god (or goddess) knowable through human reason; especially, a belief in a creator god unaccompanied by any belief in supernatural phenomena or specific religious doctrines.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The doctrine or creed of a deist; the belief or system of those who acknowledge the existence of one God, but deny revelation.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The doctrine that God is distinct, and separated from the world. See deist, 1.
- n. Belief in the existence of a personal God, accompanied with the denial of revelation and of the authority of the Christian church.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the form of theological rationalism that believes in God on the basis of reason without reference to revelation
The term deism, however, has come in the course of time to have a more specific meaning.
Most people have probably never heard of the term deism, or, if they had, would fail to distinguish it from theism.
They are wicked: but they are not deists; for the term deism surely stands for admitting tlie religion of nature, as well as for the renouncing of revela - tion.
I'm not sure deism is the only type of belief compatible with such a view.
I'd define it for you, but since you got so offended last time when I defined the word "deism" - I let you do that, mmkay?
Jefferson was denounced as being un-Christian by the opposition, who cited his belief in deism as proof enough that he shouldn’t be elected.
He rarely spoke about his religion, but his Freemasonry experience points to a belief in deism.
The movement of English thought known as deism was a distinct forerunner of the rationalist movement, within the particular area of the discussion of religion.
The term "deism" should be used to refer to a belief in God (or Gods) and "religion" to refer to a social group with a particular doctrine about God (or Gods).
Oh and most of the scientists and thinkers who believed in diety, believed in "deism".