Thou Art God (sometimes shortened to '
TAG) is a statement of divine immanence that is popular within Neopaganism and other religions. The phrase is also stated numerous times in the pages of Robert A. Heinlein’s science fiction novel, Stranger in a Strange Land and in the Yello song "Domingo."
When addressed to human beings in a polytheistic
or secular context, the statement references a philosophy that we are each Gods of our own reality possessing the divine ability to combine universes with other Gods on a consensual basis.
When addressed to human beings in a monotheistic
, or pandeistic
context, the statement references a religious philosophy that all things are part of a singular God presiding over a singular reality. Examples of the statement "thou art God" are found in the Bible
at 1 Kings 18:36, 1 Chronicles 17:26, Psalm 86:10, Psalm 90:2 and Acts 4:24 (KJV). When addressed to the God of Israel
, the statement asserts that He is the universal transcendent Creator and only true God. These passages contain implicit assertions of monotheism. The context of the 1 Kings 18 passage is of the prophet Elijah
's denial at Carmel that the pagan god Baal
has any reality because divinity belongs to Yahweh alone.
In this sense, the phrase Thou Art God
could be said as a form of panentheism
(from Greek πᾶν (pân) "all"; ἐν (en) "in"; and θεός (theós) "God"; "all-in-God") the belief that God exists and... Read More