Deism Definition, Explanation, Summary, History, Facts and Information
Deism Definition and Explanation:
Religious outlook, which assumed that God existed but having once created a perfect universe, no longer took an active interest in it. It is not a specific religion.
God was thought of as a divine clockmaker.
Deists do not believe in prophets or in the need for worship. If God does not actively participate in life on earth then there is no need for prophets to exist nor would God care if people worship him or not. In addition, there is no need for miracles or spiritual interventions as their is no need for corrections in God's creation. Miracles were considered superstitions.
Deists believe that God can only be understood through reason and the study of his creation. God is a rational entity. Religious doctrine, orthodoxy and dogma only leads to corruption, violence and intolerance.
Deists embraced many of the same rationalizations of the Protestant Reformation.
Furthermore, Deists believe that their is no need for organized religion because God does not need praise.
Deism beliefs were very popular during the Enlightenment.
Famous Deists in History
Ben Franklin, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine and many of the other American founding fathers were Deists. Other famous Deists include Aristotle (Ancient Greek Philosopher), Ethan Allen (American Revolutionary), Alexander Pope, Abraham Lincoln, Charles Darwin, Voltaire, Mark Twain (American writer), John Locke, Lord Tennyson and Albert Einstein.