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Was Descartes religious?

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    Descartes claimed to be Roman Catholic but he was often accused of harboring deistic and atheistic viewpoints by the Church, his contemporaries and modern historians. Blaise Pascal said that "I cannot forgive Descartes; in all his philosophy, Descartes did his best to dispense with God. But Descartes could not avoid prodding God to set the world in motion with a snap of his lordly fingers; after that, he had no more use for God." Essentially accusing the man of using God to promote his philosophy.

    So, what was the religious beliefs of the father of modern philosophy?