|The Defining Qualities of God Across Major Religions and Philosophies|
In Deism God is hypothesized to be the supreme being and uncaused first cause that set the universe (and all life that has evolved from it) into motion. Deists choose to favor a belief that God exists based on evidence for such a construct. Most Deists do not believe God is a ubiquitous element of the universe or that God intervenes in human affairs. Most Deists also don't see reason to believe that God is actively controlling the universe or aware of the plight of life forms on earth. Deism is a form of agnosticism with emphasis on unraveling the mysteries of a plausible creator being.
The God of Pandeism
In Pandeism, God is hypothesized as the being that set the universe (and all life that has evolved from it) into motion. Pandeism posits that God existed at one point as a unique being, and that God has since died and become the universe or that (in someway) God was absorbed into the universe or became the universe during its creation. In both scenarios, God ceased to exist as a being and literally became the universe that we witness today. Pandeism is part of the Deism family and is a form of agnosticism with emphasis on unraveling the mysteries of a plausible creator being that once existed.
The God of Panendeism
In Panendeism, God is hypothesized to be transcendent of the observable universe as well as the ubiquitous essence of everything. Panendeism differs from Deism and Pandeism, chiefly in that it abandons the potentially limited, anthropomorphic depiction of God (past or present) in favor of a completely unanthropomorphic model in which God is the incorporeal mind that envisaged the universe into a freely evolving existence and brings volitive consciousness to all living things. Panendeism posits that qualities that defy scientific understanding such as love, selflessness, creativity, and charity, are inherent qualities of God which we are drawn to embrace freely through the beauty we feel in them. Panendeism is also part of the Deism family as well as a form of agnosticism with emphasis on unraveling the mysteries of a plausible creator being.
The God of Theism
In Theism, God is depicted as an anthropomorphic father-like-figure that personally designed and created all life and all things as we know them. The God of theism often is described as watching over the universe, judging all wrongs, and intervening in human life regularly throughout the world. The God of Theism is frequently depicted as male (often Caucasian) who lives in a realm outside of our universe which is referred to as a 'kingdom' or 'heaven.' The God of theism is considered to be 'listening' to human prayer, and selectively answers prayers on a huge variety of requests ranging from job promotions to miracle healing.
The God of Pantheism
In Pantheism, God is quite literally the universe. God does not think, feel or act in any way that is transcendent of the life that exists within it.
The God of Panentheism
Panentheism is very similar to Panendeism. However, unlike Panendeism, Panentheism is not an agnostic belief, but part of the Theism family, so it's subscribed to without the same sort of duality of possibilities that Panendeists hold. Additionally, Panentheism states that God is active in controlling the universe and aware of all life within it.
Atheism states that there is no evidence in any way that suggests there is any kind of God concept.