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The Divine, also referred to as The Divine, The Creator, as well as The Omnicreator, The Sustainer, The All-encompasser and The Overseer, is the appellation provided to the main Astronist conception of God. It is categorised as one of the three essential existences of the Astronic cosmology and it differs greatly from traditional or non-Astronic religious systems on the topics of the role, identity, and ontology of God.
The Divine is considered by the Millettarian Tradition of Astronism to hold both an infinite and totally independent nature meaning that The Divine is not dependent upon any other entity for the sustainment of its own existence. In this, a pinpoint is made for the difference between Divine nature and Universal nature.
Furthermore, The Divine is maintained as an interpenetrating existence that sustains The Universe, though did not create The Universe due to The Universe's own infinite nature. There are several Attributes of Divinity that are associated with The Divine, one of the most prominent of which is omnicreativity which maintains that The Divine will continue to create cosmoses in The Universe for an infinite time.
Therefore, the role of The Divine in Astronism is removed from the judgement of morality, supernatural miracles, incarnations and similar traditions of belief found in non-Astronic religions. Further to this, the traditional belief in union with divinity upon one's death which is found in a multitude of religious faiths is non-existent in Astronist belief due to the Cosmic Limitation Principle and the aversion of anthropocentrism at the core of Astronism.
There are various different conceptions of The Divine within Astronist philosophy which forms the theology of Astronism. These different conceptions are referred to as divinologies and arise in forms associated with different theological beliefs, including atheistic divinology, or panentheistic divinology.
The name for The Divine holds its origins in the Astronic cosmology, but of course the term divine itself is pre-Astronist in its origins. Divine and divinity are derived from the Latin word divinitas meaning "belonging to a deity".
Development of Divine theology
Main article: Divinity
All that can be understood of The Divine are the products of a direct cause of its interpenetration.
The first principle of reality is unbeing. Second principle of reality is being. Third is becoming.
God is infinite, but God is existentially removed from its creations - panentheistic rather than pantheistic.
Properties, attributes and abilities
Studying the properties of The Divine is a subject which focuses on what can be said of the attributes of The Divine. For this, we must go back in time to consider Plato's understanding of a supreme being which developed into what is known as monism. Monism states that God is an absolute oneness without any attributable parts or properties for in attaching such properties to God would mean to pluralise God.
In the Astronist conception of God, The Divine is understood to be infinite in nature which means that The Divine is interpenetrative of all things, all time, and all space, but crucially, that itself is not all things. It was one of Cometan's most prominent post-omnidoxical assertions regarding the nature of The Divine that infiniteness was not to be equated with oneness. Additionally, he considered it to be a mistake to attribute existentially separate entities with that of The Divine as he believed that a creator was not its creations. Essentially, it was Cometan's understanding that The Divine possess all abilities and properties because of its infiniteness, but that it is not attributed to all existential entities due to the belief known as distinctionism (the belief that The Divine is existentially separate from its creations).
Fundamentally, because of the infinite nature of The Divine, it hold infinite properties and abilities hence its ability to transcosmise, however, The Divine is not attributed to be all things as this is considered to be a mistake regarding the difference between oneness and infiniteness. Essentially, oneness means to be attributed to all things which would mean that God is all things (which is pantheism) while infiniteness means to hold the potential to be attributable to all properties and abilities, but that God exists in separation and is not attributed as all things (which is panentheism).
Main article: Productism
Main article: Depictions of The Divine
Main article: Divinology
Divinology is the systematic study and academic inquiry into the nature, role, and identity of The Divine as the Astronist conception of God in the context of the beliefs of Astronism. Divinological study also involves comparing The Divine with other non-Astronist conceptions of God.
Main article: Divinogeny
Main article: Divinophany