Attributes of God (2)
Attributes of God are the several qualities or perfections of the divine nature. Some distinguish them into the negative, and positive or affirmative. The negative are such as remove from God whatever is imperfect in creatures; such are infinity, immutability immortality, etc. The positive are such as assert some perfection in God which is in and of himself, and which in the creatures in any measure is from him. This distinction is now mostly discarded. Some distinguish them into absolute and relative; — absolute ones are such as agree with the essence of God as Jehovah, Jab, etc.; relative ones are such as agree with him in time, with some respect to his creatures as Creator, Governor, Preserver, Redeemer, etc. But the more commonly received distinction of the attributes of God is into communicable and incommunicable ones. The communicable ones are those of which there is some resemblance in men as goodness, holiness, wisdom, etc.; the incommunicable ones are such as there is no appearance or shadow of in men as independence, immutability, immensity, and eternity.-Buck. See those different articles in this work.