In the Philosophy of Religion 'deism' is one of the four basic definitions of God.

Deists maintain that God is an omniscient, omnipotent, being who created the universe but who does not intervene in the world beyond the act of creation. The argument for God's non-intervention goes something like this:

This view of God was very popular in the early Modern Period (i.e., the Enlightenment) and is reflected in the work of Gottfried Leibniz (1646-1716) and was robustly lampooned by Voltaire (Francois-Marie Arouet [1694-1778]) in Candide.