theism


the·ism

noun \ˈthē-ˌi-zəm\

: the belief that God exists or that many gods exist

Full Definition of THEISM

:  belief in the existence of a god or gods; specifically :  belief in the existence of one God viewed as the creative source of the human race and the world who transcends yet is immanent in the world
the·ist \-ist\ noun or adjective
the·is·tic \thē-ˈis-tik\ also the·is·ti·cal \-ti-kəl\ adjective
the·is·ti·cal·ly \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

First Known Use of THEISM

1678

Other Philosophy Terms

dialectic, dualism, epistemology, existentialism, metaphysics, ontology, sequitur, solipsism, transcendentalism

theism

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

View that all observable phenomena are dependent on but distinct from one supreme being. The view usually entails the idea that God is beyond human comprehension, perfect and self-sustained, but also peculiarly involved in the world and its events. Theists seek support for their view in rational argument and appeals to experience. Arguments for God's existence are of four principal types: cosmological, ontological, teleological, or moral. A central issue for theism is reconciling God, usually understood as omnipotent and perfect, with the existence of evil. See also agnosticism, atheism, Deism, monotheism, polytheism, theodicy.

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: theistic naturalism
Previous Word in the Dictionary: theirselves
All Words Near: theism

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up theism? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).