A 17th - 18th c. intellectual movement
which held that we can arrive at the truth by using our reason
rather than relying on any other authority or special revelation
(the past, the church, sacred texts, the king).
* Trust in the reality of the world as
revealed by our senses
* Trust that reason can correctly interpret
the information from our senses
* Distrust of the mystical, mysterious,
* Confidence in progress through
education and humanitarianism
* Trust that reason will provide solutions
to all human problems - given enough time
Deism - A Rationalistic Theology
* God (the first cause) created
everything (nature) according to unchanging natural laws.
* Those natural laws can be known through
* The universe is orderly and good.
* God set everything in motion and then
went away. God assumes no control over life, exerts no influence
over nature, gives no supernatural revelation to humans.
"God is a clockmaker: he made the
universe, wound it up, and walked away."
(Sir Isaac Newton, very roughly)