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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.]
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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.
Clement of Alexandria (principal of the first theological seminary), for instance, was afraid of the cults of his day that imagined God is like our human form ("anthropomorphism") or passions ("anthropopathism").