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  God  is often conceived as the Supreme Being and principal object of faith. [1]  The concept of God as described by theologians commonly includes the attributes of omniscience(innite !no ledge#$ omnipotence (unlimited po er#$ omnipresence (present every here#$omnibenevolence (perfect goodness#$ divine simplicity$ and eternal and necessary e%istence. &n theism$ God is the creator and sustainer of the universe$ hile in deism$ God is the creator$ but not the sustainer$ of the universe. 'onotheism is the belief in the e%istence of one God or in the oneness of God. &n pantheism$ God is the universe itself. &natheism$ God is purported not to e%ist$ hile deemed un!no n or un!no able ithin the conte%t of agnosticism. God hasalso been conceived as being incorporeal (immaterial#$ apersonal being$ the source of all moral obligation$ and the greatest conceivable e%istent. [1]  'any notable medieval philosophers and modern philosophers have developed arguments for and against the e%istence of God. [)]  There are many names for God$ and di*erent names are attached to di*erent cultural ideas about God+s identity and attributes. &n the ancient ,gyptian era of -tenism$ possibly the earliest recorded monotheistic religion$ this deity as called -ten$ [] premised on being the one true Supreme Being and /reator of the 0niverse. []  &n the 2ebre Bible and  3udaism$ 2e 4ho &s$ & -m that & -m$ and thetetragrammaton  5242 are used as names of God$ hile  5ah eh$ and  3ehovah are sometimes used in /hristianity as vocali6ations of 5242. &n 3udaism$ it is common to refer to God by the titular names ,lohim or -donai$ the latter of hich is believed by some scholars to descend from the ,gyptian -ten. [7] [8] [9] [:] [;]  &n &slam$ the name-llah$ -l<,l$ or -l<,lah (the God# is used$ hile 'uslims also have a multitude of titular names for God. &n 2induism$ Brahman is often considered a monisticdeity. [1=]  >ther religions have names for God$ for instance$ Baha in the Bah?+@ Aaith$ [11]  4aheguru in Si!hism$ [1)]  and -hura 'a6da in oroastrianism. [1]  The many di*erent conceptions of God$ and competing claims as to God+s characteristics$ aims$ and actions$ have led to the development of ideas of >mnitheism$ Candeism$ [1][17]  or a Cerennial philosophy$ herein it is supposed that there is one underlying theological truth$ of hich all religions e%press a partial understanding$ and as to hich the devout in the various great orld religions are in fact orshipping that one God$ but through di*erent$ overlapping concepts or mental images of him. [18] Contents   [hide] ã 1 ,tymolo gy and usage ã ) General conceptions ã ).1 >neness ã ).) Theism$ deism and pantheism ã ). >ther concepts ã  Don<theistic vie s of God ã .1 -nthropomorphism ã .) Cersonication ã  ,%istence of God  ã 7 Specic attributes ã 7.1 Dames ã 7.) Gender ã 7. Eelationship ith creation ã 8 Theological approaches ã 9 Fistribution of belief in God ã : See also ã ; Eeferences ã 1= Aurther reading ã 11 ,%ternal lin!s
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