A report on Divinity

Elizabeth I and the Three Goddesses (Juno, Minerva, and Venus), by Isaac Oliver, c. 1558

Divinity or the divine are things that are either related to, devoted to, or proceeding from a deity.

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Elizabeth I and the Three Goddesses (Juno, Minerva, and Venus), by Isaac Oliver, c. 1558

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Saint Peter Attempting to Walk on Water (1766), painting by François Boucher

Supernatural

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Phenomena or entities that are not subject to the laws of nature.

Phenomena or entities that are not subject to the laws of nature.

Saint Peter Attempting to Walk on Water (1766), painting by François Boucher
The Archangel Michael wears a late Roman military cloak and cuirass in this 17th-century depiction by Guido Reni
Schutzengel (English: "Guardian Angel") by Bernhard Plockhorst depicts a guardian angel watching over two children.
In Jainism, a soul travels to any one of the four states of existence after death depending on its karmas.
The patron saint of air travelers, aviators, astronauts, people with a mental handicap, test takers, and poor students is Saint Joseph of Cupertino, who is said to have been gifted with supernatural flight.
Theodor von Holst, Bertalda, Assailed by Spirits, c. 1830
Bronze statuette of the Assyro-Babylonian demon king Pazuzu, circa 800 BC –- circa 700 BC, Louvre
Witches by Hans Baldung. Woodcut, 1508

A deity ( or ) is a supernatural being considered divine or sacred.

Kobayashi Eitaku painting showing the god Izanagi (right) and Izanami, a goddess of creation and death in Japanese mythology.

Deity

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Kobayashi Eitaku painting showing the god Izanagi (right) and Izanami, a goddess of creation and death in Japanese mythology.
Pantheists believe that the universe itself and everything in it forms a single, all-encompassing deity.
Statuette of a nude, corpulent, seated woman flanked by two felines from Çatalhöyük, dating to c. undefined 6000 BCE, thought by most archaeologists to represent a goddess of some kind.
Yoruba deity from Nigeria
Egyptian tomb painting showing the gods Osiris, Anubis, and Horus, who are among the major deities in ancient Egyptian religion.
A 4th century BC drachm (quarter shekel) coin from the Persian province of Yehud Medinata, possibly representing Yahweh seated on a winged and wheeled sun-throne.
The Kirkby Stephen Stone, discovered in Kirkby Stephen, England, depicts a bound figure, who some have theorized may be the Germanic god Loki.
Vellamo, the goddess of water in Finnish mythology, pictured as a mermaid in the coat of arms of Päijänne Tavastia.
4th-century Roman sarcophagus depicting the creation of man by Prometheus, with major Roman deities Jupiter, Neptune, Mercury, Juno, Apollo, Vulcan watching.
The zoomorphic feathered serpent deity (Kukulkan, Quetzalcoatl)
Deities of Polynesia carved from wood (bottom two are demons)
Holy Trinity (1756–1758) by Szymon Czechowicz, showing God the Father, God the Son, and the Holy Spirit, all of whom are revered in Christianity as a single deity.
The tetragrammaton in Phoenician (12th century BCE to 150 BCE), Paleo-Hebrew (10th century BCE to 135 CE), and square Hebrew (3rd century BCE to present) scripts.
Padmavati, a Jain guardian deity
Investiture of Sassanid emperor Shapur II (center) with Mithra (left) and Ahura Mazda (right) at Taq-e Bostan, Iran
The Greek philosopher Democritus argued that belief in deities arose when humans observed natural phenomena such as lightning and attributed such phenomena to supernatural beings.

A deity or a god is a hypothetical supernatural being who is considered divine or sacred.

The Mesha Stele bears the earliest known reference (840 BCE) to the Israelite God Yahweh.

God

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Usually viewed as the supreme being, creator, and principal object of faith.

Usually viewed as the supreme being, creator, and principal object of faith.

The Mesha Stele bears the earliest known reference (840 BCE) to the Israelite God Yahweh.
The word 'Allah' in Arabic calligraphy
Trinitarians believe that God is composed of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
God Blessing the Seventh Day, 1805 watercolor painting by William Blake
Thomas Aquinas summed up five main arguments as proofs for God's existence. (Painting by Carlo Crivelli, 1476)
Isaac Newton saw the existence of a Creator necessary in the movement of astronomical objects. Painting by Godfrey Kneller, 1689
99 names of Allah, in Chinese Sini (script)
And Elohim Created Adam by William Blake, c. 1795
Ahura Mazda (depiction is on the right, with high crown) presents Ardashir I (left) with the ring of kingship. (Relief at Naqsh-e Rustam, 3rd century CE)
Use of the symbolic Hand of God in the Ascension from the Drogo Sacramentary, c. 850
The Arabic script of "Allah" in the Hagia Sophia, Istanbul
Praying Hands by Albrecht Dürer

Agnosticism is the view that the truth values of certain claims—especially metaphysical and religious claims such as whether God, the divine or the supernatural exist—are unknown and perhaps unknowable.

Transcendence (religion)

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Aspect of a deity's nature and power that is completely independent of the material universe, beyond all known physical laws.

Aspect of a deity's nature and power that is completely independent of the material universe, beyond all known physical laws.

It is affirmed in various religious traditions' concept of the divine, which contrasts with the notion of a god (or, the Absolute) that exists exclusively in the physical order (immanentism), or is indistinguishable from it (pantheism).

The devil, in opposition to the will of God, represents evil and tempts Christ, the personification of the character and will of God. Ary Scheffer, 1854.

Good and evil

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Very common dichotomy.

Very common dichotomy.

The devil, in opposition to the will of God, represents evil and tempts Christ, the personification of the character and will of God. Ary Scheffer, 1854.
One of the five paintings of Extermination of Evil portrays Sendan Kendatsuba, one of the eight guardians of Buddhist law, banishing evil.
Extermination of Evil. Late Heian period (12th century Japan)
Adolf Hitler is sometimes used as a modern definition of evil. Hitler's policies and orders resulted in the deaths of about 50 million people.
Martin Luther believed that occasional minor evil could have a positive effect

Some argue that evil itself is ultimately based in an ignorance of truth (i.e., human value, sanctity, divinity).

Malachi, one of the last prophets of Israel, painting by Duccio di Buoninsegna, c. 1310 (Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Siena Cathedral). “He Mashiach will turn the hearts of the parents to their children, and the hearts of the children to their parents” (Malachi 4:6)

Prophet

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Malachi, one of the last prophets of Israel, painting by Duccio di Buoninsegna, c. 1310 (Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Siena Cathedral). “He Mashiach will turn the hearts of the parents to their children, and the hearts of the children to their parents” (Malachi 4:6)
The Vision of Isaiah is depicted in this 1860 woodcut by Julius Schnorr von Karolsfeld
St. John the Baptist Preaching, c. 1665, by Mattia Preti
A depiction of Muhammad receiving his first revelation from the angel Gabriel. From the manuscript Jami' al-tawarikh by Rashid-al-Din Hamadani, 1307, Ilkhanate period.
A portrait of Joseph Smith
Mirza Ghulam Ahmad

In religion, a prophet is an individual who is regarded as being in contact with a divine being and is said to speak on behalf of that being, serving as an intermediary with humanity by delivering messages or teachings from the supernatural source to other people.

The philosophy of Baruch Spinoza is often regarded as pantheism.

Pantheism

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The philosophy of Baruch Spinoza is often regarded as pantheism.
Levi Ponce's Luminaries of Pantheism mural in Venice, California for The Paradise Project.
Albert Einstein is considered a pantheist by some commentators.
A diagram with neutral monism compared to Cartesian dualism, physicalism and idealism.
Canadian pantheist population by percentage (2011 National Household Survey)

Pantheism is the belief that reality is identical with divinity, or that all things compose an all-encompassing, immanent god or goddess.

New Age meditation group at the Snoqualmie Moondance festival, 1992

New Age

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Range of spiritual or religious practices and beliefs which rapidly grew in Western society during the early 1970s.

Range of spiritual or religious practices and beliefs which rapidly grew in Western society during the early 1970s.

New Age meditation group at the Snoqualmie Moondance festival, 1992
This barrel house was the first dwelling constructed at the Findhorn Ecovillage.
New Age shrine in Glastonbury, England
Astrological ideas hold a central place in the New Age
Reiki is one of the alternative therapies commonly found in the New Age movement.
Stonehenge is a site visited by New Age pilgrims, as seen in this midsummer rave.
Isis, a New Age shop named after the Ancient Egyptian goddess that was located in St Albans, southern England
The New World Alliance was one of several New Age political groups in the 1970s and 1980s.
New Age author Marianne Williamson campaigned for a seat in the U.S. Congress and for the Democratic Party nomination for president.
One of the first academics to study the New Age was Wouter Hanegraaff.

A belief in divinity is integral to New Age ideas, although understandings of this divinity vary.

Rayonnant rose window in Notre Dame de Paris. In Gothic architecture, light was considered the most beautiful revelation of God, which was heralded in its design.

Beauty

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Commonly described as a feature of objects that makes these objects pleasurable to perceive.

Commonly described as a feature of objects that makes these objects pleasurable to perceive.

Rayonnant rose window in Notre Dame de Paris. In Gothic architecture, light was considered the most beautiful revelation of God, which was heralded in its design.
The Birth of Venus, by Sandro Botticelli. The goddess Venus is the classical personification of beauty.
The bust of Nefertiti, 14th century BC
An Indian woman in her traditional attire

Platonic thought synthesized beauty with the divine.

Elohim in Hebrew script. The letters are, right-to-left: aleph-lamed-he-yud-mem.

Elohim

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Hebrew word meaning "gods".

Hebrew word meaning "gods".

Elohim in Hebrew script. The letters are, right-to-left: aleph-lamed-he-yud-mem.
Friedman's distribution of materials by source of the first four books of the Hebrew Bible, including a redactor (black), according to the documentary hypothesis.

One theory suggests that the notion of divinity underwent radical changes in the early period of Israelite identity and development of Ancient Hebrew religion.