I am still reading and enjoying James L. Kugel’s “How to read the Bible”.
Yesterday I came across this footnote to his comment that “When most people speak about God nowadays, they mean the Supreme Being, the Master of the Universe, the one “than Whom none greater can be conceived.”
This follows the classic formulation of St Anselm (1033-1109). A later try: “A working definiton of God will help to focus both the claims of theologians and the problems of establishing the existence of this God: God is an omnipotent, omniscient, and eternal person who is pure spirit. He is both transcendant and immanent. He created the universe and human beings are his special creation. He loves them, interacts with them, and desires their love” – Diamond (1974:4). By citing this I do not mean to imply that this defintiion would meet with universal approval nowadays; many contemporary theologians would object to the use of the male pronoun, others to His being described as a “person”, interacting with or reacting to humans, still others to human beings thought of as His “special creation”. (A reasonable person might be forgiven for asking at this point, “What’s left?” But that is not our concern here.)
As my friend Fraser would say, “I like the cut of his jib”!