Definition of fideism in English:



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

    • ‘Descartes used something like it in his Discourse on Method, but one senses that there was actually some faith left in Descartes' fideism.’
    • ‘But our faith isn't a matter of accepting fideism.’
    • ‘But he dedicates his book not to this insight, but to defending ‘responsible fideism.’’
    • ‘And they are not moved by Miller's fideism or ‘god of the quantum gaps’.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We are faced with fideism or with uncritical obedience to tradition, and the distinction between the two may be no more than academic.’
    • ‘At the hint of logical puzzles we beat a retreat to mystery-mongering and fideism, or else throw in the towel and cast our lot with the skeptics.’
    • ‘‘The new bet on mysticism, fideism, and orthodoxy’ (Jean-Francois Six's phrase) is not one that Marcel Gauchet would make.’
    • ‘Does that not inevitably end up in a form of fideism?’
    • ‘So his position is arguably one of fideism regarding his church's official teaching on homosexual unions - which I do not feel entirely comfortable with.’
    • ‘His first work, Christianity not Mysterious, opposes sacerdotal authority and fideism.’
    • ‘In fact, the church's public argument is based on reason and science, not fideism.’
    • ‘But, like the earlier form of fideism, it was basically relativist: in different countries and at different times, Charron's argument implies, man will rightly choose different religions.’
    • ‘In Reflections on Christian Philosophy Ralph McInerny suggests that what I have been calling Reformed epistemology is fideism.’
    • ‘On the contrary, its abdication from the realm of the mind can make it seem another form of fideism.’
    • ‘Claiming that no compelling evidence exists and then refusing to acknowledge the existence of any evidence is simply a form of atheistic fideism.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Ward would, I imagine, deplore its readiness to embrace cultural dissolution, its reckless fideism, and its unnecessary obscurity.’
    • ‘He opposes ‘fideism,’ which is nothing more than blind belief, with ‘critical fideism,’ which maintains a critical dialogue based not on proofs but convictions.’
    • ‘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.’


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