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The Omnismus is a religious-philosophical attitude that every religion makes concessions to the truth. It can be viewed as an extreme form of syncretism .


The word omnism is composed of the Latin omnis 'everyone' and the suffix -ism .


The first proven use of the term “omnism” goes back to the English lawyer and writer Philip James Bailey . Following this, in English, omnist is defined as

“A person who believes in all faiths or creeds; a person who believes in a single transcendent purpose or cause uniting all things or people, or the members of a particular group of people ”

“A person who believes any form of belief or creed ; a person who believes in a single transcendence that unites all things or people or a single group of people. "

Joseph Mangina, Professor of Systematic Theology , describes Omnism as follows:

“Nowadays the word is used more broadly to denote a pluralistic approach to spiritualistic matters, one that opposes strict dogmatic formulations, and that seeks harmony and agreement among religions rather then discord. The omnist, then, is neither theist nor atheist but a kind of all-theist ”

“Nowadays the word is more used to describe a pluralistic approach to spiritual matters, an approach that resolutely rejects strict dogmatic formulations and seeks harmony and balance rather than conflict between religions . So the omnist is neither a theist nor an atheist but a kind of all-theist. "

The German expression Omnismus can be found e.g. B. in Karl Theodor Keim 1897 as an expression for an equal veneration of all gods side by side in antiquity .


Individual evidence

  1. ^ Bailey, Philip James (1872). Festus: a poem (3rd ed.). University of California Libraries: James Miller. P. 186. Retrieved December 16, 2016
  2. Entry "omnist". In: English Oxford living Dictionaries. Accessed July 12, 2018 .
  3. Joseph Mangina: Omnism . In: Thomas P. Power (Ed.): Confronting the Idols of Our Age . Wipf and stock publishers, Eugene, Oregon 2017, ISBN 978-1-5326-0433-1 , pp. 30–34 ( Google books preview ).
  4. Karl Theodor Keim : From the early Christianity . Historical investigations in a casual sequence. tape 1 . Füssli, 1878, p. 198 ( digitized version ).