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Posted by spritzophrenia on July 12, 2010

It’s not often I come across a new term in the g0d debate.

Ietsism (Dutch: Ietsisme – “Somethingism”) is an unspecified belief in some higher force. It is a Dutch term for a range of beliefs held by people who, on the one hand, inwardly suspect – or indeed believe – that there is “More between Heaven and Earth” than we know about, but on the other hand do not necessarily accept or subscribe to the established belief system, dogma or view of the nature of God offered by any particular religion. The nearest English language equivalent terms are agnostic theism and deism. from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ietsism, 12 July 2010

Agnostic theism is one I’d come across before, but perhaps “somethingism” is even more vague. This certainly seems to describe the general “something-is-out-there” sensibility of much of the population.


11 Responses to “Ietsism”

  1. deWeb said

    i’ve also heard this sort of belief system called “moralistic therapeutic deism.”

  2. SugarPop said

    The nuance of this word is interesting – difficult to explain concisely in english, but it calls to mind a quizzical expression; one eyebrow cocked, and an intent to explore without agenda…

  3. Anne said

    Somethingism… I like it! Sounds like a good retort to someone when they quiz you about your religion. “Well, I’m a somethingist.”

  4. Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.

    • Pete, assuming you’re not spam I’m afraid this statement means nothing to me, and doesn’t add anything to the discussion.

      As a former christian I do understand the belief that Scripture contains mystical power. However, simply slapping a text on someone usually does more to alienate than to entice them into the fold. I’m not bothered, but maybe you could think about this?

  5. I appear to be an ‘Ietsist.’ Who knew?

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