“There are no atheists in foxholes.” It’s a popular war-time proverb that Eisenhower once famously echoed during a 1954 television broadcast. The idea is that one can never be certain enough of the absence of a personal god to forego a ‘Hail-Mary’ prayer in truly dire times.

What’s really telling, however, is that this sentiment is only meaningful in contrast to the prevalent notion that prayer is ineffective.

So you know; this case for deism is not an attempt to proselytize, per se. Deism, in fact, does not directly mandate or compel one to convert others. Rather, in…