What is the Difference Between Theism and Deism?

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  1. Rhonda D Johnson profile image60
    Rhonda D Johnsonposted 8 years ago

    What is the Difference Between Theism and Deism?

    If there is a difference, could some people actually be adeists?

  2. MickS profile image60
    MickSposted 8 years ago

    I'm sure that a good dictionary will give you the answer that you seek.

  3. TNThinker profile image61
    TNThinkerposted 8 years ago

    Deism is a particular type of belief about god.  Specifically, it is that god started the ball rolling with creation, but after that, it was hands-off and the natural world runs on its own.  Deism was a widely held belief during the enlightenment, and by many of our founding fathers, because they lacked a scientific theory about how the universe was created, but they were far enough along on understanding the natural world that they rejected any supernatural intrusion once the creation occurred.

    Theism, on the other hand, is just a broad belief that one or more gods exist.  It is an umbrella that covers all types of gods, all types of theologies, and includes deism.  Theism is just the opposite of atheism, and does not remark about the nature of the gods.

    Can you be an a-deist?  I think that would make you an atheist.  That is, you do not believe there was a first mover.

    1. Rhonda D Johnson profile image60
      Rhonda D Johnsonposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks TNThinker

      Then you could be an atheists and a deist, believing in the initial deity but not in personal involvement of the Creator.

    2. M. T. Dremer profile image93
      M. T. Dremerposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Rhonda, I'm not sure if it is possible to be an atheist and a deist. The belief of atheists is that there has never been any gods in the history of the universe, which means they wouldn't believe in an initial creator either.

  4. ceciladkins profile image75
    ceciladkinsposted 8 years ago

    A discussion of the differences between theism and deism.  Both are beliefs in God or gods, but both have very different implications.  They both disagree with atheism, which is disbelief in God or gods. read more


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