Deism Deist - One who believes in the existence of a God or supreme being but denies revealed religion, basing his belief on the light of nature and reason - Websters Dictionary Deism - The Enlightenment endeavor to purify Christianity, to rid religion of all that was not rational, natural, and moral, and develop a natural religion. An international movement, Deism reflected local religious, philosophical, and social expressions of the Enlightenment. In England, it was critically concerned with the origins of religion, but positive in moral and religious affirmation; in France it was anti-Catholic, shading into skepticism, atheism, and materialism; in Germany it was championed alongside nationalist metaphysics and historical criticism; in America it embraced a revolutionary creed... Though indebted to various European cultural developments, Deism was particularly an early eighteenth century English affair. - The Perennial Dictionary of World Religions Ben Franklin, among many other important minds during the American revolution, was a Deist. The rational thought process that Deism envokes lead to the creation of perhaps the greatest nation the world has ever seen. Where has it gone now? I recently heard of Deism (although not for the first time) during my History class. It interested me alot, so since then, I've been trying to learn more and process all the different parts of this "religion". I know on this board we have both sides of the spectrum, devout Catholics and athiests. I'm curious about everybody's thoughts on Deism. To me, it just makes sense. No science can ever explain where everything came from, there has to be a beginning. This has always led me to believe in something higher than myself. However, organized religion has never been able to "touch me". Why is it necessary to go to church, do a cross on my forehead, eat some crackers and drink juice every sunday? I can do that at my apartment. Most things that occur in the world can be explained through logic & reasoning, but through out history, anything people didn't understand was labeled as God's work. "Holy crap! Fire from the sky! (Lightning) It's God's work! He is angry with us!", "Oh my god, my crops are all dead. God is angry with me! I must repent!" No..... logic & reason have answered these questions for us.