I was in the Oxford English Dictionary, searching for a good dictionary definition of anti-intellectualism. It didn’t really provide that, but, it said “see fideism” and so I did. The word is perfect to describe the fallacious thinking most commonly used by theists.


Any doctrine according to which all (or some) knowledge depends upon faith or revelation, and reason or the intellect is to be disregarded, as

  • b. a Roman Catholic theory developed from Kantian idealism;
  • c. in Protestant usage, also derived from Kant, with reference to justification by faith.

Hence {sm}fideist, fide{sm}istic a.

Why didn’t I know that this word existed before?! My Flying Spaghetti Monster, it’s a perfect word!


2 responses to this post.

  1. Holy crap! Great find!

  2. Does the root have anything to do with the word ‘fidelity’? Hmm. I could see a tenuous connection…

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