from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. One who believes in the existence of a god, goddess, gods and/or goddesses.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who believes in the existence of a God; especially, one who believes in a personal God; -- opposed to
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who believes in the existence of a God; especially, one who believes in a God who sustains a personal relation to his creatures. In the former sense opposed to atheist, in the latter to deist.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. of or relating to theism
- n. one who believes in the existence of a god or gods
I used to be an atheist but then I realized that "a-theist" is still god centered.
And as I pointed out, your position effectively drains the terms "theistic evolutionist" and "creationist" of all meaning, such that every theist is both a "theistic evolutionist" and a "creationist" at the same time.
Shouldn't He be just part of life and aligned with good whether someone identifies as theist or not?
To be fair, I think the theist is confident, tolerant, sympathetic if and only if: he’s raped an altar boy, tortured to death a heretic, successfully waged war on an infidel nation.
Anyway, that would be a problem for the atheist’s position in this case, since the theist is happy to stop at a single (or finite-numbered, just as good) universe, since the next step is God.
To summarize a long and heated debate, he sees himself as a "theist" -- a non-atheist -- but this doesn't translate as belief in God in the conventional sense.
Clearly an atheist calling a theist stupid would be rather... stupid in itself wouldn't it?
The theist is a man firmly persuaded of the existence of a
Weak, or negative, atheism is either the absence of the belief that gods exist (in which case anyone who is not a theist is a weak atheist), or of both the belief that gods exist and the belief that they do not exist (in which case anyone who is neither a theist nor a strong atheist is a weak atheist).
An observer unaware of this history might expect that anyone who believes in a God who cares about human beings that is, a theist would be someone who believes in Intelligent Design.