Some rulers speak of their own dynastic deity.
It compels us to forecast the next empirical quality of deity.
They focus on the qualities of the deity in the picture, rather than what the deity looks like.
Some prayers were laments while others praised a given deity.
The invocations mention, often casually, the past exploits of the deity.
In some myths this rupture is the cause of the departure of the deity from creation.
For Alexander, God is the whole world possessing the quality of deity (Alexander 1920ii: 353).
Tonatiuh, in Mesoamerican religion, Nahua sun deity of the fifth and final era (the Fifth Sun).
Mystics and prophets are similar in nature in that they both claim a special intimacy with the deity.
God… is himself in the making, and his divine quality or deity a stage in time beyond the human quality.
Is the situation different if one shifts to a deity who is not omnipotent, omniscient, and morally perfect?
The sacred personnel are designated by the choice and acceptance both of the deity and of the worshipping group.
Or the deity appears among humans as an animal who must be slain and eaten so that he may return to his heavenly home (e.g., the Ainu Iyomante feast in Japan).
By depicting the deity with multiple heads, arms, or eyes or with animal features, the image, or icon, represents the deity’s many different aspects and powers.
The sun, within a polytheistic pantheon, often is revered as a special deity who is subordinate to the highest deity, usually the god of heaven.
One of the optimistic conclusions of Space, Time, and Deity is Alexander’s thesis that in the future deity will emerge as a quality of the universe as a whole.
In the second volume of Space, Time, and Deity, Alexander asks how spacetime is related to the various levels of existence within it: matter, life, mind and deity.
Instead, the sacred power of a deity was believed to be manifested in an appropriate animal that was regarded as a representation, epiphany, or incarnation of the deity.
He was thus originally a god of the underworld but was reintroduced as a new deity with many Hellenic aspects by Ptolemy I Soter (reigned 305–284 bce), who centred the worship of the deity at Alexandria.
Throughout the Roman Republic this remained the central Roman cult; and, although Augustus’ new foundations (Apollo Palatinus and Mars Ultor) were in some sense its rivals, that emperor was far too shrewd to attempt to oust Iuppiter Optimus Maximus from his paramount position; he became the protecting deity of the reigning emperor as representing the state, as he had been the protecting deity of the free republic.
- any supernatural being worshipped as controlling some part of the world or some aspect of life or who is the personification of a force
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Throughout the Roman Republic this remained the central Roman cult and although Augustus new foundations Apollo Palatinus and Mars Ultor were in some sense its rivals that emperor was far too shrewd to attempt to oust Iuppiter Optimus Maximus from his paramount position he became the protecting deity of the reigning emperor as representing the state as he had been the protecting deity of the free republic