Devining God, i.e. divinity
In monotheism and henotheism (i.e. our ‘chosen’ one God, i.e. as in Judaism, Christianity and Islam), God is conceived of as the Supreme Being and principal object of faith. He is the creator and sustainer (but not destroyer, as in Brahmanism) of the universe. The concept of God as described by most fanatically biased theologians includes the "active attributes" of omniscience (infinite knowledge), omnipotence (unlimited power), omnipresence (present everywhere), divine simplicity, and as having an eternal and necessary existence. Many theologians, parading their vested interest in personal or organizational power, also describe God as being omnibenevolent, and all loving. Monotheism is the belief in the existence of one God or in the oneness of God.
In pantheism,* God is the universe itself. The universe happens (that is to say, in 21st century understanding) as infinite number of fractal elaborations of God (i.e. of the God algorithm ≈ Turing Machine), any ‘active attributes’ (see above) + omnibenevolent and loving happening as local survival adaptations that upgrade survival ‘fitness’.
In pan-deism, God is the creator, but not the sustainer, of the universe.
The Stoics and Spinoza, in the 17th century) believed that God is a (material) substance).
In the 21st century the notion that God (i.e. divinity, i.e. that which creates or inspires life, both biological and non-biological) functions as a Turing Machine, i.e. as a wholly adaptable algorithm (of rules) will prevail.
*… Pantheism (with thanks to Wikipedia) is the belief (read: phantasy, i.e. a mental virtual reality) that all of reality is identical with divinity, or that everything composes an all-encompassing, immanent god. Pantheists thus do not believe in a distinct personal or anthropomorphic god.
© 2015 by Victor Langheld