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[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
- ‘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.’
- ‘That being impossible here, let us return to the topic of theism and the relation of evil to divine purpose.’
- ‘In my view, indeed, the discrediting not only of the more superstitious types of theism but of any form of religious belief was one of the principal aims of Hume's philosophy.’
- ‘He demonstrates the coherence and congruence of theism with the most recent advances in physics.’
- ‘However, his arguments for theism are significantly weakened because many are based on the assumption of the big bang and related concepts.’
- ‘Should Christians rejoice in the number of converts to Christianity or theism in Australian society on the grounds that the cause of God is promoted?’
- ‘Finally, he defended theism and Christianity against common objections, such as the problem of evil.’
- ‘Those looking to discredit religion and theism generally had only to focus on what is most obvious, consistent and rationally cogent in his work.’
- ‘Voltaire's attitude towards traditional theism is interesting to note.’
- ‘Put more succinctly, theism is god-belief, and atheism is its absence.’
- ‘Certainly such a deity would not be the infinite creator God of orthodox theism.’
- ‘It's an argument for theism but not specifically for Christianity.’
- ‘Finally, it is interesting to note that theism is not universally condemned in Buddhism.’
- ‘Crews is correct in pointing out that a materialist view of the world is logically incompatible with each and every brand of theism.’
- ‘Finally, Shelley observes that widespread theism constitutes no evidence for the existence of God.’
- ‘There is little room for theism in this world view.’
- ‘Physicist Matt Young considers whether you can apply skeptical empiricism to religious belief and offers his own alternative to theism.’
- ‘I have been contrasting two versions of theism and two views of creation.’
- ‘Ralston argues not only that theism has a positive biological function for human culture and survival, but also that there is good reason to regard it as true.’
- ‘Here liberal theism and varieties of natural theology seemed particularly dangerous.’
- ‘Along the way, Polkinghorne argues that going beyond the basics of theism can make belief more credible to nonbelievers.’
- ‘Who is Dawkins, asks McGrath, to belittle theism when such giants of evolutionary theory did not?’
Late 17th century: from Greek theos god + -ism.
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