Definition of fideism in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfʌɪdɪɪz(ə)m/


[mass noun]
The doctrine that knowledge depends on faith or revelation.
Example sentences
  • It has recently been argued in fact, that the reason Bayle distances himself in this way is that he is offering a reductio ad absurdum of Catholic fideism based on philosophical skepticism.
  • Whilst scholars agree that sola scriptura was a key feature, perhaps even more central to any understanding of the period is familiarity with the doctrine of sola fideism or justification by faith alone.
  • Aquino recognizes that Newman's preference for what he called real or presumptive knowledge over notional or abstract knowledge was vulnerable to the charges of relativism and fideism.



Example sentences
  • This omission is, I suspect, tied to Naugle's less than satisfactory presentation of Wittgenstein, whom he dismisses as a relativist and fideist.
  • But this tendency, which the 19th century dubbed fideism, took various forms, and to understand Hobbes's theology we need to see the difference between him and the fideists.
  • Through analyses of William James, Alvin Plantinga, Aquinas, Kant and Kierkegaard, Evans argues that responsible fideists employ reason to conclude that reason is limited.


Pronunciation: /fʌɪdɪˈɪstɪk/
Example sentences
  • Broadly speaking, there were three different fideistic ideas among orthodox theologians.
  • Barr argues that scientific materialism is a kind of ‘mythology,’ which, as it is usually encountered, is ‘more fideistic than the faith of the ordinary religious believer.’
  • The latter is mystical, fideistic, evangelical, and Roman, into pilgrimage, procession, chant, and punctilious (often Latin) liturgy.


Late 19th century: from Latin fides 'faith' + -ism.

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