theist

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From Ancient Greek θεός (theós, god) + -ist.

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theist (plural theists)

  1. One who believes in the existence of a god or gods.
    • 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.
    • 1764, Voltaire, Philosophical Dictionary[1]:
      The theist is a man firmly persuaded of the existence of a Supreme Being as good as He is powerful, who has formed all beings with extension, vegetating, sentient and reflecting; who perpetuates their species, who punishes crimes without cruelty, and rewards virtuous actions with kindness.
    • 1854, Theodore Parker, “Speculative Atheism”, The English Republic, volume 3, page 205: 
      [] and I call him a theist who believes in any God.
    • 1870, John Henry Newman, An Essay in aid of a Grammar of Assent[2], page 119:
      No one is to be called a Theist, who does not believe in a Personal God, whatever difficulty there may be in defining the word "Personal."

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