In religion, divinity or Godhead is the state of things that are believed to come from a supernatural power or deity, such as God, the supreme being, creator deity, or spirits, and are therefore regarded as sacred and holy. Such things are regarded as divine due to their transcendental origins or because their attributes or qualities are superior or supreme relative to things of the Earth. Divine things are regarded as eternal and based in truth, while material things are regarded as ephemeral and based in illusion. Such things that may qualify as divine are apparitions, visions, prophecies, miracles, and in some views also the soul, or more general things like resurrection, immortality, grace, and salvation. Otherwise what is or is not divine may be loosely defined, as it is used by different belief systems.
The root of the word “divine” is literally “godly” (from the Latin deus, cf. Dyaus, closely related to Greek zeus, div in Persian and deva in Sanskrit), but the use varies significantly depending on which deity is being discussed. This article outlines the major distinctions in the conventional use of the terms.
For specific related academic terms, see Divinity (academic discipline), or Divine (Anglican).
Mankind; human beings as a group.
The human condition or nature.
The quality of being benevolent; humane traits of character; humane qualities or aspects.
Any academic subject belonging to the humanities.
“Philosophy is a humanity while psychology is a science.”
The state, position, or fact of being a god or God. [from 14th c.]
“You may leave out where you live and use either initials or an alias, since gods, buddhas and other divinities look only at our hearts.”
A celestial being inferior to a supreme God but superior to man.
The study of religion or religions.
“Harvard Divinity School has been teaching theology since 1636.”
A type of confectionery made with egg whites, corn syrup, and white sugar.