Category Description for Deism

Deism has at minimum these attributes:

1. Belief in the existence of God, omnipotent Creator.
2. Belief that God can be understood and followed by reason alone
3. Follows a moral code derived from reason
4. Denial of ceremony, ritual, mysticism, special revelation (like the Bible), miracles or any kind of interventions by God to affect outcomes in the material world.

Christian Deism

While Christianity and Deism are different belief systems, some called themselves "Christian Deists" to avoid the charge of heresy while believing as strict Deists, others adopted aspects of Christianity as it suited them (or vice versa).

Subcategories 4

Related categories 6

Abraham Lincoln: Deist and Admirer of Thomas Paine
Chapter from the book "Religious Beliefs of Our Presidents," by Franklin Steiner (1936). Relates opinions of Lincoln's friends and biographers regarding the nature of his belief.
Bibliomania: A Refutation of Deism
Short prose by Percy Bysshe Shelley.
Cambridge History: The Deistical Controversy in English Theology
Historical survey of the main proponents and their literature.
Catholic Encyclopedia: Deism
Historical survey and critique.
Deism Advocated in the Bible
Series of articles finds strains of Deism in some books of the Bible.
Deism and Reason
Surveys and espouses traditional Deism. E-text resources and Deist quotations.
Deism, English
Explores the Deism of Hobbes, Locke, Tindal, and the influence of Hume.
Deism, French
Brief historical survey of the development of Deism in France, as espoused by Voltaire, Diderot, and Rousseau.
The Deist Minimum
Article by Avery Cardinal Dulles surveys the origins and spread of Deism with an eye towards its inherent weakness to sustain itself.
Einstein on a Personal God
Excerpts illustrating belief in a supreme moral code while denying a personal God.
The Human Jesus and Christian Deism
Topical articles explaining the meaning, history, and tenets of Christian Deism.
Jewish Encyclopedia: Deism
Brief survey of English Deists, the influences in philosophy of Moses Mendelssohn, and the Talmud's rejection of the concept.
Joseph Butler
James Kiefer discusses Butler's arguments against Deism.
Kant's Theistic Solution
Essay by Stephen Palmquist proposes that Kant is better classified as a Theist than as a Deist.
Of the Religion of Deism Compared with the Christian Religion
From the Modern History Sourcebook: A brief comparative analysis by Thomas Paine.
Positive Deism
Promotes Deism and its beliefs with articles, forum, and chat.
Psychology Today: Edward O. Wilson Is on Top of the World
Wilson calls himself a provisional Deist, affirming the likelihood of a prime mover. Interview by Jill Neimark.
ReligiousTolerance.org: Deism
Definition, history, quotes, and bibliography.
Wikipedia: Deism
Historical survey.
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