He even has been selling, for some time, immense numbers of a work called The deist, which comes out in weekly numbers.
A deist is one who believes in God but denies revealed religion.
A deist or theist in Franklin's time was one who believed in a God, but questioned the Christian faith and system.
He would have knocked down a deist as soon as looked at him.
Then an atheist, or even a deist, and indeed a materialist of the school of Democritus and Lucretius, was unknown.
His Lordship was the first deist in England that has left an account of his opinions.
Which shows that the Christian is the rational believer and the deist the blind bigot.'
On this account I do not demand of a deist, that he should adopt the doctrine of the Trinity.
We shall see presently how close, at this time, was the resemblance between the orthodox and the deist.
But the deist does not consider this as a reason for rejecting Deism.