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GOD. From the Saxon god, good. The source of all good; the supreme being. 1. Every man is presumed to believe in God, and he who opposes a witness on the ground of his unbelief is bound to prove it. 3 Bouv. Inst. u. 3180.
     2. Blasphemy against the Almighty, by denying his being or providence, was an offence punishable at common law by fine and imprisonment, or other infamous corporal punishment. 4 Bl. Corn. 60; 1 East, P. C. 3; 1 Russ. on Crimes, 217. This offence his been enlarged in Pennsylvania, and perhaps most of the states, by statutory provision. Vide Christianity; Blasphemy; 11 Serg. & Rawle, 394.
     3. By article 1, of amendments to the Constitution of the United States, it is provided that "Congress shall make no laws respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." In the United States, therefore, every one is allowed to worship God according to the dictates of his own conscience.

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SOMETHING IN THE NATURE OF GOD MADE IT necessary for him to become human.
Sweeney evidently regards this as an advance in theological reflection on the nature of God, but he concedes that many of Aquinas's contemporaries for various reasons were opposed to this move (ibid.
Shihadeh (Arabic and Islamic studies, U of Exeter) analyzes how Al-Razi (1149-1210 CE) constructed a gap between the two schools of Islamic ethics: kalam, which focused on the nature of God's justice; and falasifa, which was concerned with developing human character.
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In direct contrast to recent philosophical quarrels about the existence and nature of God, and human relationships with the divine, Kenny, a former Roman Catholic Priest and Master of Balliol College, Oxford, asks a few simple and startling questions: Is it possible, as humans, to prove the existence of God?
Cloth, $61.00-Although the title of the book is Absolute Time, the subject matter is more properly about the confluence of early modern views on time, space, and the nature of God. Thomas provides a comprehensive history of primarily English thought on these topics in the century spanning roughly 1640 to 1740.
They teach us that Jesus was of the very nature of God.
It is a reflection of the incredible and indescribable nature of God. It speaks about the endless power of God and how life revolves around Him.
Reddish follows this up with two related chapters, more theological in emphasis: chapter 6 "On the Nature of God," and chapter 7 "On Miracles and Prayer." As with the previous topic (and others covered in the book), the author notes at the start of chapter 6 that "even the nature of God is not as straightforward as Christians think." Topics covered include the Trinity, immutability, omnipotence, and omniscience.
This leads to abilities that are godlike in nature, and which hold not only implications for human evolution, but for discerning the very nature of God. As corporate and political interests become involved in this revolutionary discovery, a host of special challenges emerges that holds many implications for all of society.
The readings are organized by theme: the Catholic Demonstrations, the existence and nature of God, reason and faith, ethics and the love of God, the Bible, miracles and mysteries, the churches and their doctrines, sin and evil, the afterlife, and non-Christian religions.
"While Islam and Christianity are both monotheistic, we believe there are fundamental differences between the two faiths, including what they teach about God's revelation to humanity, the nature of God, the path to salvation and the life of prayer," the college said at the time.