Deus otiosus
(1,272 words)

Abstract: The term deus otiosus refers to the widespread, whether or not universal, belief that the creator God, upon finishing creation, withdrew permanently from the world into inactivity. The concept m…

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Robert Segal, “Deus otiosus”, in: Vocabulary for the Study of Religion, General Editors Robert A. Segal, Kocku Von Stuckrad. Consulted online on 17 November 2018 <>
First published online: 2016

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