Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to: navigation, search



From trans- +‎ theistic, coined by philosopher Paul Tillich and Indologist Heinrich Zimmer; see quotations below.


transtheistic (comparative more transtheistic, superlative most transtheistic)

  1. (of a belief system) Transcending theism.
    • 1952, Paul Tillich, The Courage to Be, Yale University Press,
      Stoicism in this sense is a basic religious attitude, whether it appears in theistic, atheistic, or transtheistic forms.
    • 1953, Heinrich Robert Zimmer (auth.), Joseph Campbell (ed.), Philosophies of India, page 182,
      [] the Tirthankaras have passed beyond the godly governors of the natural order. Jainism, that is to say, is not atheistic; it is transtheistic.