Belief in the existence of a God on purely rational grounds without reliance on revelation or authority; esp., the 17th- and 18th-cent. doctrine that God created the world and its natural laws, but takes no further part in its functioning.
French déismefrom Latin deusgoddyeu- in Indo-European roots
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Frenchdéisme, from Latindeus (“god, deity”) + -ism.
Deism Sentence Examples
In such an atmosphere, deism readily uttered its protest against mysterious revelation.
His visiting espionage, as unkind critics put it - his secret diplomatic mission, as he would have liked to have it put himself - began in the summer of 1722, and he set out for it in company with a certain Madame de Rupelmonde, to whom he as usual made love, taught deism and served as an amusing travelling companion.
The Contrat social was obviously anti-monarchic; the Nouvelle Heloise was said to be immoral; the sentimental deism of the "Profession du vicaire Savoyard" in Emile irritated equally the philosophe party and the church.
See, further, Theism; Deism; ATheism; Absolute.
But this theism is lifeless - a " pale and shallow deism, which India has often confessed with the lips, but which has never won the homage of her heart.'" The thought of India is upon the side of pantheism.