One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The attribution of human emotions to a god.
- ‘Clearly the terms ‘repent’ or ‘was sorry’ or ‘regretted’ are examples of what is called either anthropopathy or anthropomorphism.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘God also uses anthropopathy, or describes Himself in terms of human emotions such as love, grief or anger.’
- ‘Since things which pertain to God must be explained in a human way, a manner of speaking called anthropopathy is frequently used.’
- ‘While I can't honestly say I approve of anthropopathy, the subject came to mind the other day while dining at one of the finest Mexican food joints in the area.’
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