noun /ˈθiɪzəm/
a) Belief in the existence of at least one deity.
b) Belief in the existence of a personal creator God, present and active in the governance and organization of the world and the universe. The God may be known by or through revelation (i.e, with no evidence other than faith or introspection).

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