de·ism/ˈdēˌizəm,ˈdāˌizəm/Learn to pronouncenoun
- belief in the existence of a supreme being, specifically of a creator who does not intervene in the universe. The term is used chiefly of an intellectual movement of the 17th and 18th centuries that accepted the existence of a creator on the basis of reason but rejected belief in a supernatural deity who interacts with humankind.
I agree with the following article on the need to avoid the comingling of Church and State. And more so because of the corruption of our Christian faith as a result. The Christian faith must always be one of private conviction. BUT having that “private faith” does not mean we are to keep it private.
Jesus Christ would have us bring it to the table in all of our conversations and actions during our lives. It is only by our outward actions and conversations that we can and should expand the true freedom in Jesus that is offered by God.
In George Washington’s First Inaugural Address, he declared,
“No people can be bound to acknowledge and adore the Invisible Hand which conducts the affairs of men more than the people of the United States. Every step by which they have advanced to the character of an independent nation seems to have been distinguished by some token of providential agency . . . We ought to be no less persuaded that the propitious smiles of Heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which Heaven itself has ordained.”https://providenceforum.org/story/george-washington/
But when the author of the following article incorrectly diminishes the faith of the overwhelming majority of our forefathers and insists that they believed God has removed Himself from any interaction belies the very essence of scripture. And the Bible was well read by most of them. And he insists that the forefathers would not have prayed because they expected no intervention by God.
The Founding Fathers’ Religious Wisdom
“Many of the founding fathers—Washington, Jefferson, Franklin, Madison and Monroe—practiced a faith called Deism. Deism is a philosophical belief in human reason as a reliable means of solving social and political problems. Deists believe in a supreme being who created the universe to operate solely by natural laws—and after creation, is absent from the world.”
Read the book “Our Sacred Honor” before you draw any conclusions about the article above.