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The attribution of human form and qualities to the Deity, a common literary method in the Bible to depict or dramatize God's dealings with humanity. Some of the early Christians, interpreting such texts in Genesis literally, held that God had human form. To obviate this error, the Church teaches that God is an infinitely perfect spiritual being who has no body or spatial dimensions. (Etym. Greek anthr_pomorphos, of human form.)