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dee i zuhm

  • n  the form of theological rationalism that believes in God on the basis of reason without reference to revelation

  • The phrase "nature's god" reflected Jefferson's deism--his rather vague Enlightenment-era belief, which he shared with Franklin, in a Creator whose divine handiwork is evident in .
  • But the awe part comes in his 50s when he settled into a deism based on what he called the "spirit manifest in the laws of the universe" and a sincere belief in a "God who reveals .
  • The pledge became one of those gestures of an innocent and anodyne "ceremonial deism," like "In God We Trust.

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