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Old 03-18-2014, 08:34 PM
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As described in Finding God by Sonsino & Syme there are seven basic principles to Classical Theism (this would be God as described in the Torah and Rabbinic periods) and are as follows:

1. God is one and alone; there are no other gods besides the one and only God.
2. God, though not possessing a body, is a spiritual Being who expresses will, love, and concern for the created world.
3. God is all-powerful (omnipotent); that is, God is capable of upsetting the laws of nature at will. In other words, God can create miracles.
4. God is all-good (omnibenevolent).
5. God is all knowing (omniscient); God "knows" what happened in the past and what will happen in the future.
6. God is supernatural and transnatural; in other words, God is outside of, as well as within, the universe.
7. God "knows" us, "hears" our prayers, and "answers" them, though we may not always realize how or when.

I already know TFF and Iwish will agree with all of these, however, I am curious as to what other Jews have conflicting ideas on any of these statements. I'm going to assume everyone agrees with #1, but the others definitely can lead to some theistic and logical discrepancies.
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