anthropomorphism

Derivation

  • Greek: anthropos, man; morphe, form

Profile

Representation or conception of the Deity under a human form or with human attributes and subject to human vices and passions. This was very common among the pagans of Greece and Rome. In the 4th century, some few Christians in Syria and Scythia, under the leadership of Audreus, interpreting certain texts of Genesis literally, held that God had a human form; they were called Anthropomorphites. That the numerous anthropomorphic expressions in the Bible are to be understood metaphorically, is evident from the emphatic teaching of the Scriptures that God is an infinitely perfect spiritual being.

MLA Citation

  • “anthropomorphism”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 8 August 2013. Web. 25 November 2017. <>