Definition of fideism in English:

fideism

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Pronunciation: /ˈfʌɪdɪɪz(ə)m
 
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noun

[mass noun]
The doctrine that knowledge depends on faith or revelation.
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  • 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.

Origin

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

Derivatives

fideist

noun
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  • 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.

fideistic

Pronunciation: /-ˈɪstɪk/
adjective
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  • 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.

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