anthropopathism


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an·thro·pop·a·thism

 (ăn′thrə-pŏp′ə-thĭz′əm)
n.
Attribution of human feelings to things not human, such as inanimate objects, animals, or natural phenomena.

[Late Greek anthrōpopathēs, involved in human suffering (from Greek, having human feelings, from anthrōpopathein, to have human feelings : anthrōpo-, anthropo- + pathos, feeling; see pathos) + -ism.]

anthropopathism, anthropopathy

the assignment of human feelings or passions to something not human, as a deity or an animal. — anthropopathic. adj.
See also: Animals
the assignment of human feelings to a god or inanimate object. — anthropopathite, n.anthropopathic, adj.
See also: God and Gods
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To those embarrassed by anthropopathism of God, Heschel distinguishes "passion," understood as irrational, emotional convulsion, from "pathos," understood as a kind of active ethos, intentionally formed and driven by a sense of care.
Thus, human emotions, thoughts, and actions, properly anthropopathisms and anthro-popoiesis, are subsumed under the designation anthropomorphism.