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  God (monotheism) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The concept of God is often embedded in definitions of truth, where the sum of all truth is equated to God.
Many Jews consider the messiah of Christianity (Jesus) to be a false god and some monotheists (notably fundamentalist Christians) hold that there is one triune God, and that all gods of other religions are actually demons in disguise (as in 2nd Corinthians 11 verse 14).
God is usually held to have the properties of holiness (separate from sin and incorruptible), justness (fair, right, and true in all His judgements), sovereignty (unthwartable in His will), omnipotence (all-powerful), omniscience (all-knowing), omnibenevolence (all-loving), and omnipresence (everywhere-present).
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/God_(monotheism)   (1692 words)

 God - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Concepts of God can vary widely, despite the use of the same term for them all, and these conceptual differences are the fundamental distinctions between various religious definitions.
The concept of God as a singular patriarchal "Father [of all creation]" is common in Western culture (Abrahamic) monotheism.
Native religions of China and India have concepts of panentheistic views of God that are difficult to classify along Western notions of monotheism vs. polytheism.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/God   (2732 words)

 Western Concepts of God [Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy]
Concepts of God in philosophy are entwined with concepts of God in religion.
God, the highest being (though not a loving being), engages in perfect contemplation of the most worthy object, which is himself.
The Neo-Platonic God of Plotinus (204/5-270 A.D.) is the source of the universe, which is the inevitable overflow of divinity.
www.iep.utm.edu /g/god-west.htm   (8846 words)

 Islam: Insight - Concept Of God
In examining the prevailing concepts of God with a series of questions, the intent is enquiry rather than criticism.
Questions about the nature of God, the creation of the Universe, the creation of mankind, the purpose of creation and the relationship of humans to God and the universe have fired human curiosity and imagination from times immemorial.
The Quranic concept of God differs from all other concepts of God in that the Quran requires power to establish a political, economic and social structure based on Quranic universal, permanent values which will allow and encourage the development of the "self" of individuals (8:26, 22:41, 24:55).
www.parvez-video.com /insight/islam/god_concept/index.asp   (1049 words)

 One, Two, or Three Concepts of God in Alfred North Whitehead’s Process and Reality?
God is presented there as "a being at once actual, eternal, immanent, and transcendent." The divine attributes of actuality, immanence and transcendence are not problematic in any way: all of them characterize the God in two natures for which Whitehead is so well known.
However, before moving on to a reconstruction of that concept of God, the question of the relation between it and the concept of God characterized by the distinction between two divine natures should be addressed.
The two concepts of God expressed in the bulk of Process 32, for one, and in the last sentence, for the other, being non-contemporary, that the last sentence is later, compositionally, than the rest of Process 32 (because of this assimilative role) entails that the content of that last sentence is later, conceptually speaking.
www.religion-online.org /showarticle.asp?title=3029   (9789 words)

 Concepts of God   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
One of the foremost concepts of God in Christianity is of God as omnipotent.
But one of the main concepts of God is that He is perfectly good and cannot have a capacity for wrong or evil, as then he would not be perfect.
As I mentioned before, God knows everything of the past, the present, and the future as He created it and is so beyond it, therefore it is contradictory to say that God is everlasting as this denotes an indefinite length of time and limits Him.
homepage.ntlworld.com /elandtim/college/YasminMiahessayforweb.htm   (1433 words)

 GOD, CONCEPTS OF   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
Philosophers flesh out the concept of God by drawing inferences from God's relation to the universe ('first-cause theology') and from the claim that God is a perfect being.
As one's concept of perfection reflects one's concept of goodness, theists in the tradition of Augustine and CALVIN (§§2-3), who emphasize the corrupting effects of sin on the human power to judge what is good, find perfect-being theology radically unreliable.
As creator and sustainer, God is present everywhere and everywhen in the sense that he sustains in being and knows immediately every place and time and their contents.
members.aol.com /NeoNoetics/ConceptsOfGod.html   (6586 words)

 Bible Doctrine: Concepts of God.
God has progressively revealed himself, but two of the major religions of the world are locked into the time of the early Old Testament and see God only as he had been revealed up to that time; the creator, the lawgiver, the punisher of evil.
God is God and there is much about God that exceeds the mental grasp of his creation.
God is God, but the three persons described in the Bible are, from the viewpoint of humans, different manifestations.
godsview.com /gvbd0004.html   (963 words)

 Scotus on univocal concepts of God   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
In this Greek tradition, the first principle (or God) was held to be one, simple, and unchanging, and this made it difficult and problematic to speak about or understand him/it in human concepts: the things we experience are not simply one but are unified complexes.
Since it is possible to be certain that God is being while doubting whether he is finite or infinite, the concept of "being" as then applied to God is a concept common to finite and infinite beings.
We only have general concepts of human beings, also; when we want to pick one out in particular we can say "the one wearing the blue shirt who has red hair and is very tall"; there may be several who are tall, but only one who satisfies all these concepts.
www.mq.edu.au /~ockham/z3601.html   (5327 words)

 Conversations with God Concepts
God is communicating with us all the time.
God is life, and the Stuff Life is.
All of life is a conversation with God.
www.iloveulove.com /spirituality/cwg/cwgbk1concepts.htm   (209 words)

 Social Theory, Concepts of God, and Dialogue (1991)
Recall that the Hebrew creation myth held that "God created humans in his own image." Meanwhile, the Mesopotamian creation myth held that "God created humans to toil, to set the gods free." Both accounts highlight the creator/creature moment, so the contradictory moment may be secondary.
Thus we conclude that the classical conception of dramatic discourse differs in profound ways from what we call "dialogue." It refers to story line and is in fact a variant of a serial monologue.
This plane from whence is that of "God," so-called, and the self-consciousness of the dependence of the world of reciprocity upon this higher plane is the "consciousness of God," again so-called.
www.wright.edu /~gordon.welty/Acad_Rel_91.htm   (4469 words)

 Tutor2u Discussion Forum - Ancient Greek concepts of God
I was wondering if anyone understood the Aristotelian and Platonic concepts of God, and perhaps their links with Judeo-Christian concepts of God.
I'm with Al in not being certain about whether God was explicitly mentioned or discussed in any of their texts, but many factors of Aristotelian philosophy did make its way into the J-C traditions, and the teachings of the church.
I know, for instance, that his value of women as "incomplete forms of men" was used by the church and survived for centuries, with its obvious huge social impact.
www.tutor2u.net /forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=16839   (358 words)

 God in Hindu Dharma and Representation in Temples   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
God in Hindu Dharma and Representation in Temples
The Hindu Trinity, forms of Gods and Goddesses, the Avatars of Lord Vishnu, the Devatas, Planet and Animal Deities are all presented with their image representation.
The different Gods and Goddesses of Hinduism represent various functions of this One Supreme Divinity, and are not separate Gods.
www.hindunet.org /god   (602 words)

 God Is Ealmihtig
This is most obvious in figures like Augustine and Aquinas, who sought to bring more rigor and consistency to concepts found in religion.
Revelation can be linked to religious experience or a type of it, both for the person originally receiving it and the one merely accepting it as authoritative.
Revelation can be intentionally unconnected to reason such that it is accepted on bare faith (fideism), or at the other extreme, can be grounded in reason in that it is accepted because and only insofar as it is reasonable.
www.expage.com /ealmihtig   (573 words)

 Basic Concepts of Tracking God
The Bible writers were skilled and inspired authors who deliberately constructed their stories to reveal what God wanted us to see about His character.
They were purposeful in their selection of what to include in their stories in order to focus our attention on what is really important.
This is what we refer to as "tracking." By adding up the various instances of a certain behavior for any given individual (including God), one begins noticing habits and motives that help to truly understand the person’s character.
trackinggod.org /basic_concepts.htm   (550 words)

 Gregory Preston's Storefront - Lulu.com
As a partner with the women in his life, he has contributed to raising two children to maturity.
Is This My Ride, is a book for anyone wanting to understand and deepen their relationship with God.
It’s about opportunities to see your relationship with God through different eyes.
www.lulu.com /GregoryPreston   (317 words)

 HDS - CSWR - Press Release - Human Concepts of God   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
Cambridge, MA -- For the first time, prominent religious scholars from different cultures are coming together to probe how human concepts of God are changing in the light of science and human experiences.
The conference, “Expanding Concepts of God,” will be held from April 7 to 9 at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in cooperation with the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard University.
Perspectives on notions of how God is likely to evolve in the years to come will be discussed.
www.hds.harvard.edu /cswr/about/press_releases/pr_april2000_god.html   (405 words)

 Expanding Concepts of God   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
Yet the dawn of a new millennium seems like an appropriate time to consider differing ways God is known to billions of people throughout the earth.
How are human concepts of God, the varied symbols of ineffable reality, changing in the light of human experience -- whether through mysticism or the fruits of human reason?
To explore such provocative questions, eighteen scholars from the domains of theology and science gather in America’s oldest university town under the aegis of the John Templeton Foundation.
www.templeton.org /humbleapproach/expanding/default.asp   (3696 words)

 Amazon.com: Concepts of God: Books: Keith Ward   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
God: A Guide for the Perplexed by Keith Ward
Considering the doctrine of God within Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Judaism, and Christianity, this book offers an invaluable introduction to the religious traditions that have shaped human culture through the ages.
Sheet music for God at Sheet Music Plus.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/1851680640?v=glance   (429 words)

 Concepts of God   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
To expose the failure of the ancient Hebrews to conceive of a deity worthy of worship
Ruth M. Levitsky, Ph.D. is a retired Professor of English.
Religion has always been an important part of Ruth's life, and in her continuing quest to understand God, she has been affiliated with several different churches: Baptist, Episcopalian, Unitarian, Unity and Anglican.
www.amazingfx.net   (237 words)

 One God - Pragmatic and Realistic Concepts Of God
One God - Pragmatic and Realistic Concepts Of God
To follow is a theology that is pragmatic, empirical, and concise and it is based on seven questions and the answers to them.
3) Does God intervene in actions and minds of the creatures he as created?
www.godonegod.com   (78 words)

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