Many branches of modern Christianity have made room for a more abstract view of God that emphasized a transpersonal, rather than personal, relationship to the deity.
Deists believe that a single creator god does exist, but they take their evidence from reason and logic, not the revelatory acts and miracles that form the basis of faith in many organized religions.
The origin of deism was a religious manifestation of the social and cultural trends born in Age of Reason and Enlightenment in the 17th and 18th centuries, and like those movements, it continues to influence culture to this day.
Auto Racing and safety icon, Jim Deist, passed away on March 9, 2009.
Because deists accept that God is uninterested in praise and that he is unapproachable via prayer, there is little need for the traditional trappings of organized religion.
In fact, deists take a rather dim view of traditional religion, feeling that it distorts a real understanding of God.