Theopathetic

Related to Theopathetic: psychotheism, thyropathy, nomographer

The`o`pa`thet´ic


a.1.Of or pertaining to a theopathy.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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I believe the answer lies in the consideration of three interrelated points: first, Milton's unusual understanding of the theory of accommodation in chapter 2 of De Doctrina makes it clear that he believed God to be theopathetic, and this strongly suggests that Milton may also have envisaged God as theomorphic; second, in what appears a paradox, Milton's statement that "God [...] is a SPIRIT" (CPW 6:140) actually implies that God is material; and, third, Milton argues repeatedly in De Doctrina, as well as in Artis Logicae, that terms predicated of God in the Bible have the same physical and metaphysical meaning when used with reference to man, and this seemingly eccentric idea is explored in several key phrases in Milton's delineation of material monism in the treatise.
Milton is explicit in chapter 2 of De Doctrina that the descriptions of God as being angry or repentant, what he would describe as theopathetic references, should be accepted as faithful descriptions of the Deity and not explained away as condescending anthropopatheia.
(5) I argue that "theomorphic" and "theopathetic" are the correct terms to describe Milton's belief in the depiction of God's person and attributes, although I am aware that these terms were not in circulation until the nineteenth century.