anthropopathy


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anthropopathy

(ˌænθrəˈpɒpəθɪ) or

anthropopathism

n
the attribution of human passions, etc, to a deity, object, etc
anthropopathic adj

an•thro•pop•a•thy

(ˌæn θrəˈpɒp ə θi)

also an`thro•pop′a•thism,



n.
ascription of human passions or feelings to a thing or a being not human, as to a deity.
[1640–50; < Medieval Latin anthrōpopatheia < Greek anthrōpopátheia humanness. See anthropo-, -pathy]

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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let us believe that he did repent" (CPW 6:134), stating clearly that "In my opinion, then, theologians do not need to employ anthropopathy, or the ascription of human feelings to God.
Throughout the history of theology, anthropomorphism and anthropopathy have been closely tied, and theologians have been aware that to entertain passibility seriously is to grant latitude to the idea of a corporeal God that carries far more radical and serious implications.
From this biblical rejection of anthropomorphism in Adversus Marcionem, Tertullian similarly repudiates anthropopathy and maintains that the directional alignment of his analogy is from God to man and not from man to God: "O these fools, who from things human form conjectures about things divine, and because in mankind passions [.