Deism is the belief in a God who created the world but hasn’t gotten involved with people since then — as opposed to theism, whose God still takes an active role in the world.

According to deism, the creator has a hands-off approach and lets people fend for themselves. Originally the word was used to mean a belief in a deity (as theism is used now), in contrast to atheism, which lacks a God at all. Deism as it is used now is associated with the Enlightenment movement of the 17th and 18th century. A person who believes in deism is a deist.

Definitions of deism
  1. noun
    the form of theological rationalism that believes in God on the basis of reason without reference to revelation
    synonyms: free thought
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    type of:
    the theological doctrine that human reason rather than divine revelation establishes religious truth
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