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I believe in one God who is the Creator of the universe and source of the vital spark that energizes life. God is conceived of, prayed to, and worshipped in diverse ways. Some believe God does not interfere with the workings of the universe (deism), others imagine a moralistic God dispensing justice. Some conceive of God as an Intelligent Designer who acted with a purpose. Some give God human, perhaps male, attributes (anthropomorphism), others worship a female Goddess (Gaia). In sacred texts of many religions God is celebrated. Such words, I believe, are to be valued for what they inspire, not as divine words subject to literal interpretation. 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.  

WV Theme #8A: Monotheism

WV Theme #8B: Belief in a Personal God

--Alternate Concise Characterization with Wikipedia Entries

--Alternate Concise Characterization with Wikipedia Entries

believes in God the Father embraces God in Abrahamic Religions
believes in God the Mother / Mother Goddess believes God is Susceptible to Prayer  
accepts teleology, believes in God as Intelligent Designer values Love God Has for Us / Love We Have for God
feels God doesn't intervene, values Deism believes God Performs Miracles

summary Wikipedia article: Monotheism

summary Wikipedia article: Personal God

Numerical Characterization with TFJD code: 1231 Numerical Characterization with TFJD code: 1232
Numerical Characterization with Emotional Volatility VI index: 108 Numerical Characterization with Emotional Volatility VI index: 216

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More to Explore -- Worldview Theme #8A: Monotheism

God  (from online encyclopedia)
Creation--theology (from online encyclopedia)
Teleology (from online encyclopedia)
The Existence of God (arguments for and proofs of, from The Catholic Encyclopedia)
The Origins of Biblical Monotheism  (by Dennis Prager, New York University professor)
Worldview Watch issue #47: Paris, France and How Big and Majestic is Your Conception of God? 
Worldview Watch issue #31: God, Science, Faith
Why be Blinded by Science and Materialism?
God, Viewed by Christianity and Other Religions
Monotheism  (Christian-Catholic perspective)
"The Marketplace of Faith," by Jackson Dykman (report on American religious affiliations, in Time 3/10/08)
Ethical Monotheism (Jewish perspective)
An Introduction to Islamic Monotheism
The Question of God --the voice of Viktor Frankel in Man's Search for Meaning (on PBS website, find other voices on this question there also)
Religious Studies Popular Programs (links to 75 UCTV programs)
What is Monotheism? (atheist perspective)
Is There a God? by Marilyn Adamson (presents six reasons to believe in God)
Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth  by Reza Aslan (book review on The Huffington Post Sep 3 2013)
Christians, Muslims and Jesus by Mona Siddiqui (book review from The Economist Aug 10 2013)
God: A Story of Revelation by Deepak Chopra (more about this 2012 book)
"Americans: Undecided About God?" by Eric Weiner (opinion article in NY Times December 13 2011)
"Philospher Sticks Up for God" by Jennifer Schuessler (review of book by Alvin Plantinga in NY Times Dec 2011)
"An Open Letter to the Atheist Community" by Rabbi Adam Jacobs (Feb 2011 letter on The Huffington Post)
Is There a God? by Richard Swinburne (read portions of this 1996 book at Google Books)
Faith, Reason, God, by Cornelia Dean, NY Times (reviews of books by scientists (some believers, some atheists))
"Does Science Make Belief in God Obsolete?" (from the John Templeton Foundation website)
Cosmic Impressions: Traces of God in the Laws of Nature, by Walter Thirring (book by scientist looks at evidence of Creator)
"How Pope Benedict Reconciled God and the Big Bang" by G. Koprowski (Jan 15 2011 Fox News story)
How God Changes Your Brain, by A. Newberg and M. Waldman (read excerpts, reviews of 2009 book)
Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief, by Francis S. Collins (reviews of this 2006  book)
There is a God: How the World's Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind, by Atony Flew (NY Times review of 2007 book)
"Barrow and Tipler on the Anthropic Principle vs. Divine Design," by William Lane Craig  (Christian perspective)
Spiritual Wholeness (New Age Catholic perspective)
Tolerant Monotheism (indications from Islamic tradition)
God Against the Gods: The History of the War Between Monotheism and Polytheism, by J. Kirsch
Bane of Monotheism
Goddess Worship
The World Union of Deists
Intelligent Design (from online encyclopedia)
Anthropic Principle (from online encyclopedia)
Intelligent Design Network (seeks objectivity in origins science)
Intelligent Design? A special report from Natural History Magazine
Peer Reviewed Publications Supporting Intelligent Design (from The Discovery Institute)
"Life's Irreducible Structure," by Alex Williams (intelligent design promoted by appealing to autopoiesis)
quotes related to monotheism

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: 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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