Classical arguments for God's existence, like ontological, cosmological, teleological, etc., only derive the existence of something very abstract, greatest entity, first cause, etc., which is then "magically" identified with some familiar God (Christian, Islamic, etc.). But these specific Gods are described acting as persons, not just some abstractions, in Christianity we even have one God in three Divine Persons, including "father" and "son". English Oxford Dictionary defines "personality" as "the quality or fact of being a person as distinct from a thing or animal", and it seems that the idea of personal God is integral to the classical theology.

So what are, if any, arguments for the existence of God with a personality? Where does the idea of 'personality' fit into the cosmological argument, for example?

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    As this question stands it is pretty vague. Could you elaborate more on what you mean by "personality"? The last part of the second sentence also makes little sense. Are you anticipating the answer to the question being "no"? It is very hard to tell what exactly it is you're asking. – Not_Here Mar 27 '17 at 8:02
  • hm i googled it, and it seems that the various arguments for god are best made for a personality via the idea of perfection -- a perfect thing would be a person. funny ;-) – anon Mar 27 '17 at 11:07
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    @PeterJ not sure what your point is, i am kinda being an ass, but "(in Trinitarian doctrine) each of the three persons of the Trinity" emphasis mine. also, is this is what is meant by a "personal" God, or is that about our relation to Him? – anon Mar 27 '17 at 15:01
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    @anon: the Latin "persona" is used in Christian credal formulations as a translation of the Greek "hypostasis". Most western Christian theology tends to hold that the "three" persons are "persons" in a different sense from the everyday English meaning. In particular, in Latin, "persona" refers primarily to the mask worn by an actor; in Greek a "hypostasis" is something that "subsists within". Neither of these senses have much to do with "personality" per se. – ig0774 Mar 27 '17 at 19:38
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    The cosmological argument doesn't explicitly argue for a personal God, but you can infer it. God is eternal, and He had the free will to chose to create the universe. Free will is a unique attribute of personality. That's the thought, as I understand it anyway. – user18800 Mar 27 '17 at 22:54

Here is my hypothesis:

A personal God can only exist in the form of the human consciousness. Human consciousness, while being part of the human individuality, is not to be identified to it. Somehow, it is always both inside and outside the human individual that it individualizes as "that" human individual. And it is exactly this duality of place of the human consciousness that can make it be a personal God: as long as you believe in yourself (in the individuality of your self), you actually believe in a kind of personal God, who is both you (inside you) and your individuality-giving creator (outside you).

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    The question's terminology is a bit confusing, but it isn't about a god that is "personal" to someone. Rather, it's about how it can be shown of a divine entity that it has a personality, that it is personal in the sense that it possesses personhood as opposed to being "just" a thing or some other entity. – commando Mar 29 '17 at 4:26

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