Definition of theism in English:

theism

Line breaks: the¦ism
Pronunciation: /ˈθiːɪz(ə)m
 
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noun

[mass noun]
Belief in the existence of a god or gods, specifically of a creator who intervenes in the universe: there are many different forms of theism Compare with deism.
More example sentences
  • Along the way, Polkinghorne argues that going beyond the basics of theism can make belief more credible to nonbelievers.
  • As long as Ted has had any beliefs of any kind, we may suppose, he has believed that God exists; theism is not a belief he came to.
  • Here liberal theism and varieties of natural theology seemed particularly dangerous.

Origin

late 17th century: from Greek theos 'god' + -ism.

Derivatives

theist

noun
More example sentences
  • As Barr notes, however, this assumes, without rational justification, that all rational explanation must be rendered in terms of equations and quantities, an assumption that theists reject.
  • Years ago I wrote about the tendency of modernist, evolution-minded, progressive, pacifist theists to live long lives.
  • In other words, what is such a debate supposed to do: make theists?

theistic

Pronunciation: /-ˈɪstɪk/
adjective
More example sentences
  • It is, perhaps, the most common theistic view, but I think that some theists at least have maintained that God can do what is logically impossible.
  • In the old Soviet Union, this exact reasoning was utilised to justify discrimination against all theistic positions.
  • Thus, a child who has received no religious instruction and has never heard about God, is not an atheist - for he is not denying any theistic claims.

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