AP World History : Religions 1750 to 1900

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Religions 1750 To 1900

Which of these statements about Deism is most accurate?

Possible Answers:

It is a polytheistic religious belief that incorporates many elements of paganism

It is a monotheistic religious belief that attempts to blend different Abrahamic traditions into one unifying faith

None of these

It is a belief system that argues that God did create the universe, but he does not play a role in regulating it

It is a belief system that argues for religious tolerance on the grounds that God himself would have been tolerant of other faiths

Correct answer:

It is a belief system that argues that God did create the universe, but he does not play a role in regulating it

Explanation:

Deism emerged during the Enlightenment. It is based on the belief in a "watchmaker God." That is to say, a God that created the universe with a set of absolute natural laws, and then left the universe to its own devices. It suggests that God does exist, but that he does not interfere in day-to-day life. Many Enlightenment thinkers were Deists including Thomas Jefferson.

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