[French] Republican school teachers tried out catechisms based on deistic principles. Here is one teaching from the revolutionary French catechism:
"What is the soul?"
"I know nothing about it."
"What is God?"
"I don't know what he is, but I see his work. Everything announces his greatness to my astonished eyes."
(Very philosophical, maybe even lyrical, but it didn't cut mustard with the local parents.)