There are people who believe that there is someone or something in the universe that controls everything but it is not a god or gods. What is the term for these people? I know it's not atheism. So, what is it?
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I believe "Deist" is the word you're looking for.
There are a handful of alternatives to "god" that may strike closer to what you want:
However, most of these terms are included in the English definition of "god". The only reason to not use "god" is to avoid the connotations of the words.
As for the concept that this controller-being is not actually god but something else entirely (such as a super-being we cannot understand), you could venture into terms such as:
Your comparison to the term atheism makes me think that these later concepts are closer to what you were looking for. If I had to guess at a term for your use it would be "nontheistic god" or "posthuman god".
Unfortunately, these are terms that have varying definitions depending on how technical you want to get and which group of people you are talking to.
"Spiritual" would be a more generic term for people that are believers but not necessarily religious in nature. It may even be too generalized for what you're looking for though.
But something that confuses me in your question: "God" pretty much sums up the definition of "someone in the universe who is controlling everything". God is a generic terms, not a single being tied to a specific religious affiliation.