the·​ist ˈthē-ist How to pronounce theist (audio)
plural theist
: a believer in theism : a person who believes in the existence of a god or gods
specifically : one who believes in the existence of one God viewed as the creative source of the human race
Not surprisingly, both scientific skeptics and theists whose ideas of God center primarily on the notion of "intelligent design" have found Darwinian ideas religiously incoherent. John F. Haught

Examples of theist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There is a certain irony in that nearly all those cited were people of Christian faith — in order of appearance: practicing Catholic; passionate theist; committed Church of Scotland; and lifelong Lutheran. Denis Alexander, Washington Post, 17 Mar. 2023 This doesn't mean that more atheist societies are worse than more theist societies (e.g., Estonia vs. Romania). Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 20 Sep. 2011 Philosophical critics and subsequent scientific inquiry heaped doubt on Kant’s objectivism, and advancing secularism rendered for many his theist explanation for the morally reasoning immortal soul somewhat antique. Gerard Baker, WSJ, 13 Feb. 2023 Today Unitarianism is predominantly a non-Christian denomination, with about a half and half split between 'humanist' and 'theist' Unitarians. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 27 Oct. 2011

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Word History

First Known Use

1650, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of theist was in 1650

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“Theist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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