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Definition of 'theism', and the problems with the usage of the word

Discussion in 'Religious Debates' started by Desert Snake, Jun 24, 2017.

  1. Desert Snake

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    Theism/

    What is the actual definition?

    /how does this definition translate to usage?

    /"theistic religions, only accept people who have the same belief as the dictionary definition of 'theism'?

    /does theism have any actual usage besides a comparison to "atheism"?
     
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    It's a pretty useless term all in all due to its imprecision and excessive abstraction.

    A person who believes in something(s) that we can't really agree on and may be finite and tangible or infinite and intangible.
     
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    the•ism n

    belief in the existence of a god or gods

    opposite: atheism

    (Oxford English Dictionary)

    How is that problematic?
     
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    Is that a problem with the word 'Theism', a problem with the word 'god' or both?
     
  6. Augustus

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    Both, but especially theism.

    God has a pretty clear meaning in certain, specific, contexts. Theism (after it stopped meaning deism) evolved into a catch all term so people could lump together a load of non-specific beliefs for convenience.
     
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    That is actually rather inaccurate. Way too Abrahamic.
     
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    Belief in the existence of one or more deities.

    (The question becomes then that of defining a deity. There is no real solution to that).

    People who see fit to state that there are deities are understood to be theists.

    It is not really possible to detail it any further, despite a lot of effort in that direction.

    Clearly not. For one thing, how would they even gauge that belief?

    In practice, the more a doctrine claims to be theistic and to be a religion, the less interested it is on what people actually believe.

    It is not a matter of acceptance, but rather of control and submission to authority.

    It sure does, albeit suffering of serious vagueness that it inherits from the idea of deity.

    Far as origin of concepts goes, the sequence is clearly deity -> theism -> atheism.
     
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