deism

noun, often capitalized
de·ism | \ˈdē-ˌi-zəm, ˈdā- \

Definition of deism 

: a movement or system of thought advocating natural (see natural entry 1 sense 8b) religion, emphasizing morality, and in the 18th century denying the interference of the Creator with the laws of the universe

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Other Words from deism

deist \ˈdē-ist, ˈdā- \ noun often capitalized
deistic \dē-ˈis-tik, dā- \ adjective
deistical \-ti-kəl \ adjective
deistically \-ti-k(ə-)lē \ adverb

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Belief in God based on reason rather than revelation or the teaching of any specific religion is known as deism. The word originated in England in the early 17th century as a rejection of orthodox Christianity. Deists asserted that reason could find evidence of God in nature and that God had created the world and then left it to operate under the natural laws devised by God. By the late 18th century, deism was the dominant religious attitude among Europe’s educated classes; it was accepted by many upper-class Americans of the same era, including the first three US presidents.

First Known Use of deism

1682, in the meaning defined above

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