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theism

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Back-formation from atheism, originally from Ancient Greek θεός (theós, god); see theo-. Attested in English from 1678, theist being slightly earlier, 16 years earlier in 1662.

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theism (countable and uncountable, plural theisms)

  1. (belief system) Belief in the existence of at least one deity.
  2. (belief system) Belief in the existence of a personal creator god, goddess, gods and/or goddesses present and active in the governance and organization of the world and the universe. The God may be known by or through revelation.
    • 1999, Jeaneane D. Fowler, Humanism: Beliefs & Practices, page 66
      The term stands in contradistinction to theism which, in its widest sense, means belief in a personal god, goddess, gods and/or goddesses.

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