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A. The Meaning of the Word “Deism”

Question 3

Do Deists Affirm a “Watchmaker God”?

“Watchmaker God” refers to the belief that God sets the world in motion and then abandons it, as a watchmaker might make a time-piece, wind it up, and set it down to run on its own. This is not a true part of American Deism, but was invented by the enemies of Deism to discredit government by the people.

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