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theism

I contend we are both atheists, I just believe in one fewer god than you do. --Stephen F. Roberts

Theism is the denial of the existence of all gods except one. Theism is the denial of atheism.

Theism maintains that there is at least one god who is real, but it denies the existence of thousands of other gods. For example, Trinitarian theism affirms the existence of three persons in one god, but denies the existence of Zeus, Thor, Danu, Athena, Horus, and thousands of other gods.

Theism usually maintains a belief in some sort of god who created man and the universe, and denies that man created all the gods out of his imagination.

See also anti-theism, theist and my review of The God Delusion.

further reading

books

Hecht, Jennifer Michael. 2004.  Doubt: A History: The Great Doubters and Their Legacy of Innovation from Socrates and Jesus to Thomas Jefferson and Emily Dickinson. HarperOne.

Jacoby, Susan. (2005). Freethinkers: A History of American Secularism. Owl Books.

Lalli, Nica. 2007. Nothing - something to believe in. Prometheus.

website

Arguments for Theism - The Freethought Zone

news story

Belief in God Far Lower in Western U.S. (Overall, 93% believe in a god or a higher power. "Results are based on telephone interviews with 1,017 national [United States] adults, aged 18 and older, conducted May 8-11, 2008. For results based on the total sample of national adults, one can say with 95% confidence that the maximum margin of sampling error is ±3 percentage points." Less than half the population of the UK believe in God.)

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