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Belief in the existence of a god or gods, especially belief in a personal God as creator and ruler of the world.

the′ist n.
the·is′tic, the·is′ti·cal adj.
the·is′ti·cal·ly adv.
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Adj.1.theistical - of or relating to theism
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would think of Richard Kearney's work on anatheism, or of, say, Buddhist practices of contemplation in which the object of contemplation is not understood theistically.
Dropping naturalistic vocabulary and stating things theistically, design inferences distinguish between God's ordinary providential activity (maintaining natural regularities) and certain extraordinary providential activity (discrete injection of complex specified information).
If the physical world, that is, all that exists in and around us, is conceived theistically, then we immediately encounter two fundamental questions: the raison d'etre of its creation and our relationship with it.
The two are connected in the sense that they, like raja yoga and jnana yoga, enact the strict exercise of discipline and control over one's inclinations, desires, and selfish interest in order to identify with that larger and deeper Spirit identified as Brahman--but expressed theistically as God, Isvara, or Krishna.
Even something as theistically charged as prayer can be presumed to operate according to "change mechanisms" that consider God's possible involvement to be irrelevant (e.
The theistically engaged pursuit of philosophical understanding requires a cultural institution in which such enquiry can be carried out, and the university was created for that purpose, emerging first in Islam, next in Byzantium, and finally in Western Europe.