Definition of deism in English:

deism

Pronunciation /ˈdēˌizəm/ /ˈdiˌɪzəm/ /ˈdāˌizəm/ /ˈdeɪˌɪzəm/

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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.

    ‘He reacts against the heresy of deism, the belief that God wound up the universe in the beginning but lets it run without intervention.’
    Compare with theism
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He drifted gradually from deism into pantheism.’
    • ‘As a thinker he advanced from theological liberalism to deism, then pantheism and possibly to atheism.’
    • ‘As I stated previously, in 18th century deism there were two keys to distinguishing between deism and theism in its various forms.’
    • ‘Put into practice, her ceremonial deism will cease to be either ceremonial or deistic.’
    • ‘In addition, what we now know of quantum mechanics renders deism inadequate theology because the universe doesn't unfold in a rigorously deterministic manner.’
    • ‘And since he asserts that atheism equals nihilism, and deism equals atheism lite, then I must really be a nihilist.’
    • ‘The solicitor general fell into the trap of defending the phrase as a revered historical curiosity, an expression of ceremonial deism, and something good for reinforcing patriotic sentiment.’
    • ‘Far from being based in a biblical vision, the case for intelligent design seems to lead at best to a kind of deism.’
    • ‘They see economics as a product of Enlightenment rationalism, along with deism, atheism, the chaos of the French Revolution and other un-Christian aspects of the modern age.’
    • ‘Hobbes's idea of a natural religion can fairly be described as deist, and his blend of deism and civil religion was to prove prophetic of much Enlightenment thinking.’
    • ‘In terms of religion, Napoleon bordered between deism and atheism.’
    • ‘As a result, no religious acknowledgment could claim to be an instance of ceremonial deism if it explicitly favored one particular religious belief system over another.’
    • ‘I've long held a similar belief, namely that modern science would lead to a re-emergence of an old religious idea, a blend of naturalism and deism.’
    • ‘I would argue that an interventionist view of God is much closer to deism than my view.’
    • ‘Constancio's rejection of Paine's deism illustrates that liberals were selective in their borrowings from the ‘canonical’ Enlightenment.’
    • ‘Originating late in 1796, this movement of intellectual, republican deism prospered in towns where dechristianization had been popular.’
    • ‘He did not, however, stray too far from deism; he placed little faith in the use of prayers for specific personal requests or miracles.’

Origin

Late 17th century from Latin deus ‘god’+ -ism.