Deism

By: Morgan Salazar and Julianne Sulski

Define:

An 18th century religious philosophy based on the idea that the world is a machine and that god is a mechanic who created the world and allows it to run without his interference, according to its own natural laws.

-The belief in god based only on reason and nature.

Cause:

-Deism became famous in the 17th and 18th centuries during the age of enlightenment.

-Deism or “the religion of nature” was a form of rational theology that emerged among “freethinking” Europeans.

-Many people during this time became interested in scientific explorations about the world and became more skeptical of magic and miracles.

Characteristics:

-they denied that the Bible was the revealed word of God and rejected scripture as a source of religious doctrine

-They believed that the universe has a creator but the nature of the creator is something we must all discover for ourselves. They use both logic and reason to understand there creator.

-people who believe in deism think that since god can't manifest himself directly, he can only be understood through reason and the study of the universe he created.

Significance:

-in the United States there is a controversy over whether the founding fathers were Christians, deists, or something in between.

-Not many people today believe in deism.

-it's not as relevant in our world today considering most people are very religious and have there different beliefs.