For our discussion only
For purposes of this discussion, the word God stands for the most abstract, the most awesome, the most sacred, the most immutable being that exists.
Although God could be used to represent mechanical principles, laws, recurrences throughout the universe, in a discussion on authority I believe it is important to give the concept of God personal agency. God here is a personal being, transcendent to what we can see, taste, touch or smell, except in that manner in which God chooses to manifest Himself. Since He is transcendent, it is by His active and purposeful will that He is able to reveal His character and commands in an empirical manner.
Also, with deep appreciation for feminist scholarship and gender issues, I have chosen the convention of referring to God as He, His, Him, Himself. A language of convention is not intended to discount feminine qualities nor assert masculine superiorities.
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