Examples Word Origin the belief in one God as the creator and ruler of the universe, without rejection of revelation (distinguished from deism). belief in the existence of a god or gods (opposed to atheism). Origin of theism
First recorded in
-ism Related forms the·ist , [ thee-ist] /ˈθi ɪst/ noun, adjective the·is·tic, the·is·ti·cal, adjective the·is·ti·cal·ly, adverb non·the·is·tic, adjective non·the·is·ti·cal, adjective non·the·is·ti·cal·ly, adverb un·the·is·tic, adjective un·the·is·ti·cal, adjective un·the·is·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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theist realizes, however, that belief is at one pole, reason at the other.
theist is led to the conclusion that the end justifies the means.
The world is not the same to the Christian
theist and to the agnostic.
And on that point we certainly can speak with authority; for we have been where the
Theist is, he has not been where we are.
theist, in short, commences with a wrong conception of causation. British Dictionary definitions for theist a person who believes in the doctrine of theism a person who believes in the existence of God or gods of or relating to theists or theism Derived Forms theistic or theistical, adjective theistically, adverb the form of the belief in one God as the transcendent creator and ruler of the universe that does not necessarily entail further belief in divine revelation Compare deism the belief in the existence of a God or gods Compare atheism Word Origin for theism
C17: from Greek
theos god + -ism
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Word Origin and History for theist n.
1660s, from Greek
theos "god" (see Thea) + -ist. The original senses was that later reserved to deist: "one who believes in a transcendant god but denies revelation." Later in 18c. theist was contrasted with deist, as allowing the possibility of revelation. n.
"belief in a deity," 1670s; see
theist. Meaning "belief in one god" (as opposed to polytheism) is recorded from 1711.
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