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#8B BELIEF IN A PERSONAL GOD

I believe God is concerned with human beings personally.  I conceive  of God as a personal being (perhaps like a father) with a personality. I value communicating with God through introspection and praying.  I believe God listens to our prayers, watches over us, and sometimes interferes with the workings of the universe. I believe that, given His personal interest in the world and its people, He will intervene on behalf of worshippers (performing miracles or whatever) or to punish those who are ungodly or disobey.  Some conceive of God in terms of forgiveness and love, others in terms of vengeful, judgmental punishment.  

Alternate Concise Characterization with Wikipedia Entries:

embraces God in Abrahamic Religions

believes God is Susceptible to Prayer  

values Love God Has for Us / Love We Have for God

believes God Performs Miracles

summary Wikipedia article: Personal God

Numerical Characterization with TFJD code: 1232

Numerical Characterization with Emotional Volatility VI index: 216

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More to Explore -- Worldview Theme #8B: Belief in a Personal God

Psychology of Religion (from online encyclopedia)
The Christian Doctrine of God (from religionfacts.com)
Worldview Watch #20: Prayer, Reason, and Drought in Texas
Worldview Watch #27: Critical Thinking, Prayer,  and the Free Inquiry Path to a Worldview
Worldview Watch issue #47, posted 12/21/2015," Paris, France and How Big and Majestic is Your Conception of God? "
The Validity of Belief in a Personal God, by C.D. Broad
The Validity of Belief in a Personal God, chapter from Religion, Philosophy, and Psychical Research--Selected Essays by Charlie Dunbar (read this at Google Books)
"America's Four Gods" -- Baylor University Religion Survey
Belief in God--Pew Forum on Religion (explore how "different religious traditions conceive of God") 
The Need for a Personal God (by Ali Z, on FaithFreedom.org). 
The Phemonology of Prayer, by Bruce Benson and Norman Wirzba (excerpts of 2005 book at Google Books)
The Psychology of Prayer, by Karl Stolz (read excerpts of this 2006 book at Google Books)
Allah is Not a Personal God (includes article "In the Name of God", by Richard Scheinin)
The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell  (science fiction book examining belief in a personal God; title based on Biblical quote "No one sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it")
Did Albert Einstein Believe in a Personal God?
The Delusion of a Personal God
My God Problem  (by Natalie Angier, NY Times Science Reporter)
Christianity in Antiquity (the blog of UNC Biblical scholar and author Bart Ehrman)
Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan (book review from The Economist July 20 2013)
"Did Jesus Exist? A Historian Makes His Case" (April 1 2012 NPR review of similarly titled book by Bart Ehrman)
"Does God Care Whether Tim Tebow Wins on Saturday?" by Owen Strachan (Jan 12 2012 post on The Atlantic)
God's Problem: How the Bible Fails to Answer...Why We Suffer, by Bart Ehrman  (review of this 2008 book)
Godís Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesnít Get It by Jim Wallis (2005 interview with the book's author on Mother Jones website)
Faith and Doubt at Ground Zero ( PBS Frontline program, that asks "Where was God on September 11th?) 
Leading Scientists Still Reject Belief in God
Angels (from the Catholic Encyclopedia)
quotes related to God

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