Personifying reality

The Jewish people invented the approach of personifying reality. They were probably the first in history to cultivate a monotheistic religion, the idea that there is one and only one God, and that this God communicates with them.

Monotheistic religions basically personify reality by calling it God and by starting to talk with it.


The hypothetical unique being assumed by monotheistic religions as the creator of the world.

“God is not a person; God is a mythic personification of reality. If we miss this we miss everything.” – Rudolf Bultmann, “one of the major figures of early-20th-century biblical studies, a prominent critic of liberal theology (…) and a proponent of dialectical theology”

When you personify something, you must give it a name. See The name of God.