nontheistic

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non- +‎ theistic

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nontheistic (not comparable)

  1. Not believing in any gods
    • 1866 February 15, Peter Bayne, “Critical Notices: The Heavenly Father: Lectures on Modern Atheism”, The Fortnightly Review, volume 4, number 19, page 119: 
      The most influential contemporary school of non-theistic philosophers, the school of Comte, deny that either theism or atheism can be proved, and proscribe, with impartial rigour, all argument on either side...
    • 1892, Charles Force Deems, The Outlook of Theology, volume 9, New York: Wilbur B. Ketcham, page 440:
      If the universe be regarded as self-existing, then men might hold to evolution, which is distinctly non-theistic, if not atheistic, not requiring a God for the reason that it is founded on the assumption that the possibility and potency and promise of all things reside in matter as matter.
    • 1895, Robert Flint, Theism: being the Baird lecture for 1876, edition 9th, William Blackwood and Sons, Lecture II, page 30:
      But to determine the position and worth of a religion, whether theistic or non-theistic, it is indispensable that we have some notion of what religion is in itself.
    • 1960, Hilary Shelton Smith, American Christianity: 1820-1960[1], ISBN 9780684157450, OL 11132932M:
      Thus what he called "natural religion" must not be confused with modern brands of naturalistic or nontheistic religion.
    • 1991, Marie Louise Baird, Contemplative Psychology[2], translation of original by H.F. de Wit, ISBN 9780820702285, page 156:
      The nontheistic tradition of Buddhism generally takes the view that people (with each other's help) can liberate themselves.

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