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Theism vs. Deism

Theism vs. Deism

Author: Carissa Wyant

This lesson defines and differentiates Theism, as the belief in a personal God, from Deism, the belief in a non-personal, providential deity who orders and sustains the universe, but with whom no personal relationship is possible.

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Terms to Know

The belief in an impersonal god who created and oversees the universe, but who neither has nor desires to have a personal relationship with human beings.


The belief in a personal god who seeks to have a personal relationship with all or some human beings.