3. If there is a 'cause' of the universe you can call it whatever the heck you want to. If you don't want to call it a deity, then fine, but I am not sure what else to call something that possesses the qualities of necessary existence, maximal power, maximal knowledge, and personhood - if that isn't God then I don't know what is.
I'm unaware of any other cosmic phenomenon that's demonstrated consciousness/personhood, or knowledge. Do you? I mean, humans need brains for those things. Where is an asteroid's knowledge encoded, and how does it think? Or a black hole's? This is your claim, that cosmic phenomena, including the universe itself, have personal characteristics. Seems like a human bias to me, but maybe there's something else to it. Share?
I was not intending to ascribe personal characteristics to the universe or to anything possessing the same physical properties as the universe. I was trying to say that if there is a cause of the universe then it would be separate and distinct from the universe and possess properties that are of a personal rather than physical nature (e.g. properties like intentionality and will).