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I. Philosophy of Religion – II. Dogmatics – III. Europe – IV. North America

I. Philosophy of Religion

Deism has a current and a historical sense in theology and philosophy of religion. Its current sense, dating from the end of the 18th century, denotes belief in a first cause who made the world but no longer exercises any providential control over it. In its historical sense it refers to an important religious philosophy of the European and North American Enlightenment in which the…

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Byrne, Peter, Hornig, Gottfried, Pailin, David Arthur and Walters, Kerry S., “Deism”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 13 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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