Deism vs. Theism Updated

The differences between Theism and Deism

The differences between Theism and Deism are striking and completely different from each other. Many will say there is no difference between them because both believe in a god. It is there that the similarities end. Below you will find the definitions from several sources that provide the reader with the differences:

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Theism, in the broadest sense, is the belief that at least one deity exists. In a more specific sense, theism refers to a doctrine concerning the nature of a monotheistic God and God’s relationship to the universe.Theism, in this specific sense, conceives of God as personal, present and active in the governance and organization of the world and the universe


Definition of Theism by

1 The belief in one god as the creator and ruler of the universe, without rejection of revelation ( distinguished from deism).

2. belief in the existence of a god or gods ( opposed to atheism).

Definition of Deism by

1. beliefin the existence of a god on the evidence of reason and nature only, with rejection of supernatural revelation ( distinguished from theism). belief in a God who created the world but has since remained indifferent to it.

Merriman Webster defines theism as:

: belief in the existence of a god or gods; specifically : belief in the existence of one God viewed as the creative source of the human race and the world who transcends yet is immanent in the world.

Merriman Webster Defines deism as:

: a movement or system of thought advocating natural religion, emphasizing morality, and in the 18th century denying the interference of the Creator with the laws of the universe

Britannica Concise Encyclopedia defines theism as:

The view usually entails the idea that God is beyond human comprehension, perfect and self-sustained, but also peculiarly involved in the world and its events. Theists seek support for their view in rational argument and appeals to experience. Arguments for God’s existence are of four principal types: cosmological, ontological, teleological, or moral. A central issue for theism is reconciling God, usually understood as omnipotent and perfect, with the existence of evil. See also agnosticism, atheism, Deism, monotheism, polytheism

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.


In the philosophy of religion is the standpoint that reason and observation of the natural world, without the need for organized religion, can determine that the universe is a creation and has a creator. Furthermore, the term often implies that this supreme being does not intervene in human affairs or suspend the natural laws of the universe. Deists  typically reject supernatural events such as prophcey and miracles, tending to assert that a god (or “the Supremw Architect”) does not alter the universe by (regularly or ever) intervening in the affairs of human life.

Encyclopedia Britannica defines deism As:

An unorthodox religious attitude that found expression among a group of English writers beginning with Edward Herbert (later 1st Baron Herbert of Cherbury) in the first half of the 17th century and ending with Henry St. John, 1st Viscount Bolingbroke, in the middle of the 18th century. These writers subsequently inspired a similar religious attitude in Europe during the second half of the 18th century and in the colonial United States of America in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. In general, Deism refers to what can be called natural religion, the acceptance of a certain body.

As can be seen by the definitions above there are distinct between theism and deism, only in the broadest sense can the two be considered similar, that is the belief in a god or deity. Further definitions could be provided but only confirm the differences between the two. So when some religious nut states deism is the same as theism you can point out the differences.


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