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[ xxxiv ] (1) Belief in a single divine being (‘God’ rather than a G od ) as personal, actively related to but distinct from the divinely created reality which includes the human race. Thus, theism holds to both the immanence (the presence within and interaction with the world) and the transcendence (the ‘otherness’, independence and separation from the world) of God. In this, it is contrasted with P antheism on the one side and, on the other, with that D eism which holds God to be the creator but not active in what he created. (2) More specifically, the world-view which is the putative conclusion of classical A rguments for the existence of god , the self-existent perfect Spirit upon whom the world depends for its existence, continuance, meaning and purpose. [37: vi ; 75: 80–4] ... log in or subscribe to read full text
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