Deism is a belief in God upon only the basis of reason and nature; it rejects supernatural revelation and the supernatural elements in religion. Many freethinkers of France in the 16th and 17th centuries were classified as Deists. It is a gross error to say that they had great influence upon Freemasonry of that period. The principles and tenets of Freemasonry repudiate deism. Masons are Theists; they believe in the One True and Living God; they recognize His supernatural revelations of Himself and of His will, and the supernatural elements in true religion.

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