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God is the divine being that created the omniverse. This article focuses on the concept of singular, monotheistic God. ... In physical cosmology, omniverse is a term used to differentiate a limited number of universes from all existent universes. ...

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Abrahamic religions

Christianity, Judaism, and Islam teach that Creation is the origin of the totality of the omniverse by the action of God. Even more particularly, every type of existence is also owing to the act of creation by God. Beliefs Though enormous diversity exists in the beliefs of those who self-identify as Christian, it is possible to venture general statements which describe the beliefs of a large majority . ... Judaism is the religion of the Jewish people. ... Islām is described as a dīn, meaning way of life and/or guidance. ... God is the Supreme Being believed to exist in monotheistic religions as the creator of the Universe. ... God is the Supreme Being believed to exist in monotheistic religions as the creator of the Universe. ...


Among monotheists it has historically been most commonly believed that living things are the God's creations, and are not the result of a process inherent in originally non-living things, unless this process is designed, initiated, or directed by God; likewise, sentient and intelligent beings are God's creation, and did not arise through the development of living but non-sentient beings, except by the intervention of God. Monotheism (in Greek monon = single and Theos = God) is the belief in a single, universal, all-encompassing deity. ...


Orthodox Judaism affirms that one God is the creator of all things, and that God created the first man and woman in his own image, and named them Adam and Eve.


It is a tenet of Christian faith (Catholic, Orthodox and most Protestant) that God is the Creator of all things from nothing ("from nothing" is usually understood in an absolute sense), and has made Man in the image of God, who by direct interference is also the source of the human soul. Within this broad understanding, however, there are a number of views regarding exactly how this doctrine ought to be interpreted.

  • Many Christians, particularly, particular Young Earth creationists and Old Earth creationists, interpret Genesis as a historical account of creation.
  • Other Christians, in contrast to both of these views of acts of the Creator, may not understand any of these to be statements of historic fact, but rather, spiritual insights more vaguely defined.

Created in Gods image, complete with navel. ... Old Earth creationism is a variant of the creationist view of the origin of the universe and life on Earth. ...

Christianity

Catholic Church

The Catholic Church, presently the major instance of the Abrahamic Religions, allows for both a literal and allegorical interpretation of Genesis, so as to allow for the possibility of Creation by means of an evolutionary process over great spans of time, otherwise known as evolutionary creationism. Genesis (Greek: Γένεσις, having the meanings of birth, creation, cause, beginning, source and origin), also called The First Book of Moses, is the first book of Torah (five books of Moses), and is the first book of the Tanakh, part of the Hebrew Bible; it is also the first book of... Theistic evolution, or the less common term, Evolutionary Creationism, is the general belief that some or all classical religious teachings about God and creation are compatible with some or all of the scientific theory of evolution. ...


It believes that the creation of the world is a work of God through the Logos, the Word (idea, intelligence, reason and logic): The Greek word λόγος or logos is a word with various meanings. ...

"In the beginning was the Word...and the Word was God...all things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made." The New Testament reveals that God created everything by the eternal Word, his beloved Son. In him "all things were created, in heaven and on earth.. . all things were created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together." [1]

Surrounded by a pervasive culture of rationalism, relativism and secularism, the Catholic Church, headed by Benedict XVI, an intellectual, is questioning the validity of reason basing itself on an evolutionary origin of mere chance, and thus basing itself on irrationality. In a lecture in the University of Paris (1999), he says: Rationalism, also known as the rationalist movement, is a philosophical doctrine that asserts that the truth can best be discovered by reason and factual analysis, rather than faith, dogma or religious teaching. ... Relativism is the view that the meaning and value of human beliefs and behaviors have no absolute reference. ...

The question is ... whether reason, being a chance by-product of irrationality and floating in an ocean of irrationality, is ultimately just as meaningless; or whether the principle that represents the fundamental conviction of Christian faith and of its philosophy remains true: "In principio erat Verbum" -- at the beginning of all things stands the creative power of reason. Now as then, Christian faith represents the choice in favor of the priority of reason and of rationality. (...) there is no ultimate demonstration that the basic choice involved in Christianity is correct. Yet, can reason really renounce its claim to the priority of what is rational over the irrational, the claim that the Logos is at the ultimate origin of things, without abolishing itself?
Even today, by reason of its choosing to assert the primacy of reason, Christianity remains "enlightened," and I think that any enlightenment that cancels this choice must, contrary to all appearances, mean, not an evolution, but an involution, a shrinking, of enlightenment.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Followers of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and others within Mormonism, believe that physical reality (space, matter and/or energy) is eternal, and therefore does not have an absolute origin. The Creator is an architect and organizer of pre-existent matter and energy, who constructed the present cosmos out of the raw material. The Salt Lake City temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the largest attraction in the citys Temple Square. ... Mormonism is a religion, movement, ideology and subculture originating in the early 1800s as a product of the Latter Day Saint movement led principally by Joseph Smith, Jr. ... Eternal links here. ... This article belongs in one or more categories. ...


Hinduism

Hinduism holds that God is the foundation of all being, and that the omniverse has a definite origin from God; and yet at the ultimate level, all assertions of a distinction between God and creation are meaningless. This is not to say however, that in some more superficial sense the assertion is not true, that God is distinct from the Creation brought forth. Therefore, according to Upanishadic teaching, it is not false to speak of Hindu Creationism (although it is ultimately meaningless). This article is about the Hindu religion; for other meanings of the word, see Hindu (disambiguation). ... The Upanishads (उपनिषद्, Upaniṣad) are part of the Hindu Shruti scriptures which primarily discuss meditation and philosophy and are seen as religious instructions by most schools of Hinduism. ...


Classical Greece

Plato, in his dialogue Timaeus, describes a creation myth involving a being called the demiurge. Plato (Greek: Πλάτων Plátōn) (ca. ... Timaeus is a theoretical treatise of Plato in the form of a Socratic dialogue, written circa 360 B.C. The work puts forward speculation on the nature of the physical world. ... The term Demiurge (or Yaldabaoth, Yao, Ialdabaoth and several other variants, such as Ptahil used in Mandaeanism) refers in some belief systems to a deity responsible for the creation of the physical universe and the physical aspect of humanity. ...


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the god of religion, god of philosophy, ∓ god of mysticism (567 words)
"God" is usually thought of as a sort of person up in "heaven", who creates the entire universe and all beings in it out of nothing, and then reveals Himself to humankind through a sort of cosmic rule-book, a Bible or whatever.
This is what's called Creation Science which is actually a pseudo-science in that it rejects the methodology of falsification (the key element of scientific method) in favour of Biblical literalism.
Unlike the "God of philosophy", this is not an unknowable principle, but rather one's own innermost Self (or "not-Self" as the case may be).
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