Originally Posted by metaphysician
I think there's a simpler answer: "God/god has no single definition." Even leaving aside the Big-G singular creator omnipotence, and just dealing with more pantheonic deities, there is a *wide* difference in understanding between the Greeks and the Norse, between the Hindus and the Japanese. The only common elements are "greater than human" and "worshipped/revered by humans."
So the answer is...there isn't one. Fair enough, that's not very satisfying, but probably as truthful an answer as we could hope for.
Is that ironic (or just Alanis Morisette ironic) that this answer comes from a guy named "Metaphysician" ? (since it's a rather metaphysical answer ).