Definition of theism in English:

theism

noun

  • Belief in the existence of a god or gods, especially belief in one god as creator of the universe, intervening in it and sustaining a personal relation to his creatures.

    Compare with deism
    • ‘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, Shelley observes that widespread theism constitutes no evidence for the existence of God.’
    • ‘That being impossible here, let us return to the topic of theism and the relation of evil to divine purpose.’
    • ‘Along the way, Polkinghorne argues that going beyond the basics of theism can make belief more credible to nonbelievers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Crews is correct in pointing out that a materialist view of the world is logically incompatible with each and every brand of theism.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Physicist Matt Young considers whether you can apply skeptical empiricism to religious belief and offers his own alternative to theism.’
    • ‘Those looking to discredit religion and theism generally had only to focus on what is most obvious, consistent and rationally cogent in his work.’
    • ‘Finally, he defended theism and Christianity against common objections, such as the problem of evil.’
    • ‘Finally, it is interesting to note that theism is not universally condemned in Buddhism.’
    • ‘However, his arguments for theism are significantly weakened because many are based on the assumption of the big bang and related concepts.’
    • ‘He demonstrates the coherence and congruence of theism with the most recent advances in physics.’
    • ‘It's an argument for theism but not specifically for Christianity.’
    • ‘I have been contrasting two versions of theism and two views of creation.’
    • ‘Put more succinctly, theism is god-belief, and atheism is its absence.’
    • ‘Who is Dawkins, asks McGrath, to belittle theism when such giants of evolutionary theory did not?’
    • ‘Voltaire's attitude towards traditional theism is interesting to note.’
    • ‘There is little room for theism in this world view.’
    • ‘Here liberal theism and varieties of natural theology seemed particularly dangerous.’
    • ‘Certainly such a deity would not be the infinite creator God of orthodox theism.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

Late 17th century: from Greek theos ‘god’ + -ism.

Pronunciation

theism

/ˈTHēˌizəm//ˈθiˌɪzəm/