(from Gk. theos, God). Basic and original meaning ed. the term: belied in one Supreme Being, in distinction from atheism,* pantheism,* and polytheism*; now gen. assoc. with knowledge gained through revelation or the teaching of a church, rather than by reason and natural knowledge of God alone, and may thus be distinguished up to a point from deism.*
Theism is belief in a personal God, who is Creator, Preserver, and Ruler of the world.
T. C. Graebner, God and the Cosmos (Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1932); L. S. Keyser, A System of Natural Theism (Burlington, Iowa, 1917).
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