Disciplines: Philosophy, Theology

The religious belief that God is the creator of and supreme authority in the universe.

In most major religions God is a beneficent being (or beings) with a particular sympathy for mankind, which owes him an allegiance of obedience and worship.

Philosophical objections to the idea include: the conflict inherent between an omnipotent God and the expression of human freedom; the presence of evil in the world; and the ill-defined character of the supreme being.

Also see:

· atheism
· deism
· pantheism


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