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supernaturalism

Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The quality of being supernatural.
  • n. Belief in a supernatural agency that intervenes in the course of natural laws.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The quality or condition of being supernatural.
  • n. A belief in the doctrine of supernatural or divine agency as manifested in the world, in human events, religious revelation, miracles, etc.
  • n. A belief in supernatural intelligent causes, forces, agencies, powers as producing effects in this world.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being supernatural; supernaturalness.
  • n. The doctrine of a divine and supernatural agency in the production of the miracles and revelations recorded in the Bible, and in the grace which renews and sanctifies men, -- in opposition to the doctrine which denies the agency of any other than physical or natural causes in the case.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or character of being supernatural.
  • n. Belief in the supernatural.
  • n. Also supranaturalism.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the quality of being attributed to power that seems to violate or go beyond natural forces
  • n. a belief in forces beyond ordinary human understanding

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Examples

  • Hear the witness of a member that he cannot believe in supernaturalism, that believing in reason and observation rather than Jesus and the Bible is the only reliable way to discern truth, that he believes in this life and not the afterlife, and that the other nine months of the year he belongs to a Methodist church in Indiana.

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  • John Wendt: Show us how theistic supernaturalism is a better guide to understanding biology.

    Attached to Strings

  • Show us how theistic supernaturalism is a better guide to understanding biology.

    Attached to Strings

  • John Went: Show us how theistic supernaturalism is a better guide to understanding biology.

    Attached to Strings

  • The whole of its supernaturalism is borrowed bodily from Persia, which had

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • As supernaturalism is absorbed, to seep out again, mechanism, projected internally, draws out a different image of consciousness.

    Reading Machines

  • Science need not exclude the supernatural, on principle, but must exclude tactics like 3 and 4, which a certain kind of supernaturalism is built on.

    Robert Camp:Can Intelligent Design be considered scientific in the same way that SETI is? - The Panda's Thumb

  • Any kind of supernaturalism unsupported by evidence is less parsimonious than naturalism.

    Wexler Responds to Beckwith - The Panda's Thumb

  • As for "supernaturalism," here is how Niebuhr replied to Paul Tillich, who really did not believe in either a personal God or personal immortality.

    Niebuhr & Supernaturalism

  • Science says nothing on "supernaturalism", outside of people believe in it, which means to we can understand how and why they do.

    Discover Blogs

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