Christian deism, in the philosophy of religion, is a standpoint that branches from Christianity. It refers to a deist who believes in the moral teachings—but not divinity—of Jesus. Corbett and Corbett (1999) cite John Adams and Thomas Jefferson as exemplars. The earliest-found usage of the term Christian deism in print in English is in 1738 in a book by Thomas Morgan, appearing about ten times by 1800.The term Christian deist is found as early as 1722,in Christianity vindicated against infidelity by Daniel Waterland (he calls it a misuse of language), and adopted later by Matthew Tindal in his 1730 work, Christianity as Old as the Creation.Christian deism is influenced by Christianity, as well as both main forms of deism: classical and modern. In 1698 English writer Matthew Tindal (1653–1733) published a pamphlet ""The Liberty of the Press"" as a ""Christian"" deist. He believed that the state should control the Church in matters of public communication.It adopts the ethics and non-mystical teachings of Jesus, while denying that Jesus was a deity. Scholars of the founding fathers of the United States ""have tended to place the founders' religion into one of three categories—non-Christian deism, Christian deism, and orthodox Christianity.""John Locke and John Tillotson, especially, inspired Christian deism, through their respective writings.Possibly the most famed person to hold this position was Thomas Jefferson, who praised ""nature's God"" in the ""Declaration of Independence"" (1776) and edited the ""Jefferson Bible""—a Bible with all reference to revelations and other miraculous interventions from a deity cut out.In an 1803 letter to Joseph Priestley, Jefferson states that he conceived the idea of writing his view of the ""Christian system"" in a conversation with Dr. Benjamin Rush during 1798–99. He proposes beginning with a review of the morals of the ancient philosophers, moving on to the ""deism and ethics of the Jews"", and concluding with the ""principles of a pure deism"" taught by Jesus, ""omit[ting] the question of his divinity, and even his inspiration.""Christian deists see no paradox in adopting the values and ideals espoused by Jesus without believing he was God. Without providing examples or citations, one author maintains, ""A number of influential 17th- and 18th-century thinkers claimed for themselves the title of 'Christian deist' because they accepted both the Christian religion based on revelation and a deistic religion based on natural reason. This deistic religion was consistent with Christianity but independent of any revealed authority. Christian deists often accepted revelation because it could be made to accord with natural or rational religion.""