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One of the supernatural, divine and usually immortal beings worshipped by followers of polytheistic religions. Also, the single supreme being, creator, and mover of the universe, as worshipped by the followers of monotheistic religions such as Judaism or Islam. Allah is God of Islam and Yahweh is God of Judaism. Christianity, a monotheistic religion, conceives of one God with three elements - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. In Hinduism, Brahma is considered the soul of the world, but there are lesser gods. See also agnosticism; atheism; Deism; monotheism; polytheism

Summary Article: God from The Crystal Reference Encyclopedia
A supernatural being or power, the object of worship. In some world religions (eg Christianity, Judaism, Islam) there is one God only (monotheism), who is transcendent, all-powerful, and related to the cosmos as creator. In other religions (eg Hinduism, Classical Greek and Roman religions, and primitive religions) many gods may be recognized (polytheism), with individual gods having particular properties and powers. In the Judaeo-Christian tradition, God, though transcendent and invisible, is believed to have revealed himself in history through the life and response of the people of Israel, and, in the Christian tradition, supremely and finally in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth, the Christ, all as testified to in the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments. The conviction that Jesus stood in a unique relation to God led to the development in Christian thought of the Trinitarian understanding, whereby the one...    Continue Reading

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