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Back-formation from atheism, originally from Ancient Greek θεός (Theós, “god"); see theo-. Attested in English from 1678, theist being slightly earlier, 16 years earlier in 1662.
If the word " deism " emphasizes a negative element - rejection of church Christianity - " theism " generally emphasizes the positive element - belief in God.
And yet theism - or monotheism - constitutes a special locus in the history of religion.
We have already suggested that theism covers more ground than the name at first may suggest.
When we do find theism dealing with the question " What is God?
Beginning with the certainties of everyday experience, it reaches theism at last by means of an analogical argument.
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