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    Deism In The 17th Century

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    Deism was about the “religion of nature” and was a form of rational theology that emerged among Europeans in the 17th and 18th centuries. As Puritanism began to fade away in the 17th century Deism started to gain traction. Deism, like Puritanism, revolved around the belief in God as the Creator, but Deists believed in free will, whereas the Puritans believed in predestination. Deists rejected all the supernatural elements of Christianity, such as, miracles, prophecies, and divine portents and believed in natural religion. The origins of English deism show up in the first half of the 17th century. English statesman, Lord Edward Herbert of Cherbury, set the foundation for the basic deist creed in a series of works beginning with De Veritate…

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    Deism is the belief that God created the universe but remains apart from it and that He permits His creation to administer itself through natural laws. (dictionary.com) In other words, God created the universe and then just decided to step back. Deist have many strengths and weaknesses to their belief system; first we are going to evaluate the strengths of deism and then discuss deism 's weaknesses; closing with how deism relates to Christian theism. The first strength of Deism is that they…

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    Deism: Religion Analysis

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    In this week’s assignment, I choose to the religion Deism. Deism is described as a religion that is similar to Theism, which only believes in one God, however followers of Deism also believes that there is one God, but Deism believes that God made the world and created all that exists as well as the laws of the world and that is it (Britannica, 2017). Followers of this religion believe that God has removed himself from any involvement with the world or anything that has to do with nature as well…

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    The Enlightenment Period

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    During the enlightenment period there were many changes going on in the world, in particular the literature that was being produced during that time. The enlightenment period was also known as the age of reason, and the movement into the idea deism. These changes can be characterized in many distinct ways, which can be exemplified through the works of Candide by Voltaire. In this travel narrative, the main character, Candide, explores and adventures to newly discovered countries and places, in…

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    Deism stressed the idea that God did not intervene in daily matters and lives, but rather that religion served more as a moral compass for living. Deists believed in a higher power, but saw religion as a guide to ethical conduct rather than an interactive relationship with this supreme being. Thomas Jefferson believed that reason and logic explained the happenings of the world, and rejected the idea of supernatural influences. Jefferson writes in Query XVII that “reason and persuasion are the…

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    group of "orthodox" Christians trying to create a bottomless abyss between the clergy and the government appeared to be far too progressive and paradoxical to occur during that period of time. While most of the founding fathers were indeed of a Protestant Christian background, the rise of Deism "complicates the actual beliefs of the Founders" ("Founding Fathers" 1). Deism was a widely popular school of thought in many colonial colleges, and it inspired many of the revolutionaries that…

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    Complex American History

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    The Complex and Rebellious History of American Literature Many scholars agree that the history of American Literature has slowly evolved from one philosophy growing out of or rebelling against the common belief of the time. Each stemmed out of another to create another philosophy, another lifestyle, and another culture. Some of the most the important philosophies in American history are Puritanism, Deism, Romanticism, Transcendentalism, Realism, Naturalism, Modernism and Existentialism. Many…

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    Demism Theory Of Religion

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    own life. This is one of the main principles that brought the settlers in from Brittan known as the Puritans and Pilgrims. They believed that God brought them here and that Typology should be use to interpret his message. It didn’t take long for a new way of thinking to emerge. Deism doctrine states that there is a God. However, God has no control over our lives and it differs from religious believes by not following the Holly book or the idea of more than one God, does not have daily…

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    specifically deism. Deism was first established when Lord Edward Herbert of Cherbury, a religious philosopher and statesman, wrote a book called Of Truth in 1624. In it he explained that belief in God can be based on reason and nature, instead of only revelation. Several other authors wrote on deism, such as Irish philosopher John Toland’s Christianity Not Mysterious, which claimed that God was accessible to human reason. Many prominent French philosophes were deists; they believed that God…

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    Foner states the Enlightenment first originated among the French which then made its way to Britain. The Enlightenment desired to apply the scientific method of careful investigation that was based on research and experiment to political and social life. Our powerpoint states some of the main thoughts associated with the Enlightenment were modernization, skepticism, reason, and liberty. It also states how the Enlightenment was the beginning of the modern western world: “Early Modern Era”. Foner…

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