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deist

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Definition a person who believes that God created the universe, but doesn't interfere with how it runs
  • She became a deist when her daughter died. Prior to that, she believed God had an active hand in every aspect of her life.
  • A lot of people who knew them (Washington, Jefferson, Monroe and Madison) would have considered them devout. They were deist Christians.
    David Holmes
  • Am I talking with a deist or an atheist?
    Henry Fielding  --  The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling
  • There is this difference between me and deistic philosophers: I believe; and I believe the Gospel.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Many people consequently professed to what is known as Deism.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie's World
  • Some books against Deism fell into my hands; they were said to be the substance of sermons preached at Boyle's Lectures.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • Am I talking with a deist or an atheist?
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • By Deism we mean a belief that God created the world ages and ages ago, but has not revealed himself to the world since.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie's World
  • It is then he will find in what mighty stead that heathen goddess, that virtue, which you and all other deists of the age adore, will stand him.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • That's what happened two centuries ago in the abolitionist movement, when liberal deists and conservative evangelicals joined forces to overthrow slavery.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • It happened that they wrought an effect on me quite contrary to what was intended by them; for the arguments of the Deists, which were quoted to be refuted, appeared to me much stronger than the refutations; in short, I soon became a thorough Deist.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • It happened that they wrought an effect on me quite contrary to what was intended by them; for the arguments of the Deists, which were quoted to be refuted, appeared to me much stronger than the refutations; in short, I soon became a thorough Deist.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • "My friends, don't get me wrong, our forefathers were deeply religious men, but they were Deists—men who believed in God, but in a universal and open-minded way.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol

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