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atheism

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The theory or belief that God does not exist. The word comes (in the late 16th century, via French) from Greek atheos, from a- ‘without’ + theos ‘god’.

atheism

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A Dictionary of Psychology (4 ed.)

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... n. Rejection of belief in God. atheist n. One who rejects belief in God. Compare agnosticism , deism , pantheism , theism . atheistic or atheistical adj. [From Greek a - without + theos a god + - ismos indicating a state or...

pantheism

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A Dictionary of Psychology (4 ed.)

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... n . Belief in nature, the universe, or the order and lawfulness of everything that happens as representations (usually metaphorical) of God. Compare agnosticism , atheism , deism , theism . pantheist n . One who espouses pantheism. pantheistic or pantheistical adj . [From Greek pan all + theos a god + - ismos indicating a state or...

theism

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A Dictionary of Psychology (4 ed.)

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... n . Belief in a god who created the universe and continues to govern everything that happens, in most theistic belief systems answering prayers and being directly involved with human affairs. Compare agnosticism , atheism , deism , pantheism . theist n . One who espouses theism. theistic or theistical adj . [From Greek theos a god + -ismos indicating a state or...

deism

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A Dictionary of Psychology (4 ed.)

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... n. Belief in a god who created the universe but does not govern worldly events, does not answer prayers, and has no direct involvement in human affairs. deist n. One who espouses deism. Compare agnosticism , atheism , pantheism , theism . deistic or deistical adj. [From Latin deus a god + Greek -ismos indicating a state or...

agnosticism

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A Dictionary of Psychology (4 ed.)

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... n. A belief that nothing is or can be known about God. More loosely, a belief that the existence of God cannot be known with certainty, but this sense is avoided in careful usage. agnostic adj. n. (Of or pertaining to) one who espouses agnosticism. Compare atheism , deism , pantheism , theism . [Coined in 1869 by the English biologist Thomas Henry Huxley ( 1825–95 ), from Greek a - without + gnostos known + - ismos indicating a state or...

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