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9530549 American Christianity BI 322 4/18/2007 The Impact of Deism upon Eighteenth Century American Religious Thought The impact that deism had on the 18 th century religious thought was a rather large one. First off, let’s define how deism changed religious thought. Deists did not believe in supernatural happenings or divine revelation. They out right rejected those thoughts or ideas of being anywhere near the truth. They do believe in the thought of religious beliefs must be founded on human reason and observation of the natural world around us. They believed that it was through creation that God is revealed and thus proving his existence. “The subsequent debates concerned the grounds for believing in revelation and the inadequacies of natural religion. Deism was a significant product of the enlightenment and formed one of the major goads to orthodox belief. (Appleby)” i This is the bases of deism as we know it today. Let’s venture on to discover the impact that deism had up the 18 th century religious thought. It is found that the words deism and theism come from the word God.
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