How do deists define God?
God is the cause of all that exists.
This core definition broadly and simply explains the deist's conception of God. It is necessarily broad and simple because limitations of the human mind and language prevent us from fully comprehending the Source. Many deists add additional descriptors based on their reasoned conception of the Creator, but they build on the core definition.
Does God intervene in the Universe?
UD Principle: "We hold that God does not act in the universe in ways that contradict natural law, but do not deny the possibility."
Deists consistently reject the idea that God violates natural laws (i.e. miracles) to intervene in the universe. That does not, however, mean that God does not intervene in the universe, operating within the laws of nature. If God were to intervene in such a way, we would never know.
Why do Deists reject special revelation?
UD Principle: We hold that human beings are capable of having profound experiences of God, but hold that such personal revelations are true only for themselves.
Deists reject special revelation because it cannot be verified.
"Revelation is necessarily limited to the first communication-- after that it is only an account of something which that person says was a revelation made to him; and though he may find himself obliged to believe it, it can not be incumbent on me to believe it in the same manner; for it was not a revelation made to ME, and I have only his word for it that it was made to him." - Thomas Paine
Instead, deists accept general revelation.
"The word of God is the creation we behold and it is in this word, which no human invention can counterfeit or alter, that God speaketh universally to man." - Thomas Paine
How do Deists view Jesus?
While deist do not agree on the historicity of Jesus the man, deists collectively deny the divinity of Jesus. There is little evidence for the existence of Jesus, but some argue that the current evidence is commensurate with a relatively insignificant Rabbi executed by the Roman Empire in that time period. Some deists hold a strong affinity for the teachings of Jesus, considering them an important source of wisdom. For a small percentage of deists, the affinity is so strong that they self identify as Christian Deists.