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  PANTHEISM: the World Pantheist Movement
For convenience, we use the name pantheism because it has a long and venerable history.
We offer a home to all forms of naturalistic spirituality - scientific pantheism, religious humanism, religious naturalism, positive atheism, deep ecology, philosophical Taoism, modern Stoicism, Gaia religion, also Western forms of Buddhism that celebrate nature and everyday life, and to those in Unitarian Universalism who do not believe in supernatural beings.
You are completely free to adopt the terms and practices you prefer.
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  Pantheism - LoveToKnow 1911
It presents itself historically as an intellectual revolt against the difficulties involved in the presupposition of theistic and polytheistic systems, and in philosophy as an attempt to solve the dualism of the one and the many, unity and difference, thought and extension.
Unlike the Hindu, Xenophanes inclined to pantheism as a protest against the anthropomorphic polytheism of the time, which seemed to him improperly to exalt one of the many modes of finite existence into the place of the Infinite.
The great objection to pantheism is that, though ostensibly it magnifies the Creator and gets rid of the difficult dualism of Creator and Creation, it tends practically to deny his existence in any practical intelligible sense.
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  Pantheism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jacobi claimed that Lessing's pantheism was materialistic in that it thought of all Nature and God as one extended substance.
Naturalistic pantheism believes in an unconscious, non-sentient universe, which, while being holy and beautiful, is seen as being a God in a non-traditional and impersonal sense.
Pantheism has features in common with panentheism, such as the idea that the universe is part of God.
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 PantheistAge-Modern Pantheism
Pantheism is a worldview (a philosophy and sometimes a religion) which holds that Nature itself is the source of creation and therefore equivalent to the concept of Deity.
If we are speaking of naturalistic pantheism, oddly enough, the answer seems to be 'yes.' Furthermore, most forms of pantheism are compatible with agnosticism, and in fact, the three are often 'mixed and matched' in the worldviews of people who have studied these matters for some time.
Dualistic pantheism centers on the concept of divine or spiritual immanence, and is easily extended to panentheism, in which the theistic aspect is of critical importance.
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Pantheism may, in a sense, deny the existence of any properties that are not "natural." It depends on how much one is willing to broaden one's notion of "natural." Of course, classifications such as "objectivist" and "nonnaturalist," are only a partial explanation of pantheists' ethical views.
Pantheism should be of interest to those in the philosophy of religion who seek a way out of the constrictions (often institutional ones) put upon them by working within the confines of classical theism; especially as the issues relating to classical theism have been taken up by the contemporary christian conservative analytic philosophers of religion.
Pantheism's lack of "success" in worldly terms on the religion market may have to do with the fact that it is antithetical to any power structure; the kind, for example, found in the Catholic church.
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It is important to note, however, that not all modern interpretations of pantheism would find this analogy meaningful, and for that matter, not even all pantheists believe in free will.
Pantheism is often attacked as tautology by atheists, since it appears to many of them to do little more than re-define the word 'God' to mean 'world' or 'universe'.
Others, some being within (Naturalistic Pantheism) believe in a unconscious, non-sentient universe, which while being holy and beautiful, is only seen as being a God in an extremely non-traditional impersonal sense.
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 pantheism. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001-05
While all pantheism is monistic, it is expressed in different ways according to what is meant by the one whole that gathers up in itself all that exists, or what is meant by God.
There is pantheism in the teachings of the Neoplatonists and of such Christian philosophers as Erigena and such mystics as Eckhart and Boehme.
Pantheism of a kind can be traced in the idealistic philosophy of Fichte and Schelling, Hegel and Schleiermacher.
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 What is pantheism?
Pantheism is similar to polytheism (the belief in many gods), but goes beyond polytheism to teach that everything is God.
Pantheism is not at all a Biblical belief.
Pantheism is incompatible with faith in Jesus Christ as the Savior (John 14:6; Acts 4:12).
www.gotquestions.org /pantheism.html   (213 words)

 Pantheism - Crystalinks
Pantheism is the doctrine that the universe conceived of as a whole is God and, conversely, that there is no God but the combined substance, forces, and laws that are manifested in the existing universe.
There are several discernible types of Pantheism, ranging from those that attribute consciousness to nature as a whole (panpsychism) to those that interpret the world as merely an appearance and ultimately unreal (acosmic pantheism), and from the rational Neoplatonic, or emanationistic, strain to the intuitive, mystical strain.
Pantheism has traditionally been rejected by orthodox Christian theologians because it is interpreted to obliterate the distinction between the creator and creation, to make God impersonal, to imply a purely immanent rather than transcendent deity, and to exclude human and divine freedom.
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Pantheism rightly stresses that God is in the world and ultimately related to it.
Pantheism is self-refuting [see], at least all forms that claim individuality is an illusion caused by my mind.
Hence, if pantheism is true in asserting that my individuality is an illusion, then pantheism is false, since there is no basis for explaining the illusion [see D. Clark, chapter 7].
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 Ancient Earth Religions - Pantheism
Pantheism is the belief that the universe and nature are divine.
Pantheism is the perennial religion, which continually emerges from all transcendental or idealist religions.
While it is not necessary that Pantheism be seen as the sole solution toward revising human attitudes and behavior toward the natural world, the institution of the Pantheist world view is one way of insuring the survival and well-being of all life on Planet Earth.
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 Naturalistic Pantheism
For polytheism, as well as for naturalistic pantheism, there is no “problem of evil.” The existence of natural evil and moral evil (as they are called in the philosophy of religion), far from being evidence against the existence of the holy (as it is in monotheism), is instead part of the evidence for its existence.
The naturalist pantheism articulated in these chapters is a dependent pantheism in the sense that it is derived from the religious categories of monotheism.
In naturalistic pantheism, however, an aversion to the holy is a proper and appropriate way to relate to the holy, for the horrible facet of the holy deserves aversion or repugnance.
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 Classical pantheism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Classical pantheism is a form of pantheism that equates existence with God without attempting to redefine or to minimize either term, and has an inclusive demeanor towards other world faiths.
Due to some of the changes in usage of the word pantheism today, classical pantheism is distinct primarily because of its simplicity, and compatibility with other religious traditions.
In many ways, classical pantheism is similar to monism, in that it views all things, from energy to matter to thought or time as being aspects of an all embracing personal God.
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Pantheism is the belief that everything is divine, that God is not separate from but totally identified with the world, and that God does not possess personality or transcendence.
Pantheism either mutes or rejects the biblical teaching of the transcendence of God in favor of his radical immanence.
In forms of pantheism where God literally encompasses the world, man is an utterly fated part of the universe which is necessarily as it is. In such a world freedom is an illusion.
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pantheism", as their starting-point is found in Kant's critical philosophy.
pantheism borrows from agnosticism Even then the term "supra-personal" is not consistently applied to what Paulsen calls the All-One; for this, if at all related to personality, should be described as infra-personal.
pantheism there is just as little "rational service" in the so-called religious life as there is in the behaviour of any physical agent.
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 Environmental Ethics
Pantheism is defined as "the doctrine identifying the Deity with the various forces and workings of nature." [2] If humankind is to develop better relations with the environment, a renewed sense of reverence for nature will certainly aid that relationship.
Pantheism confirms the uniqueness of humanity, and its ethics derives from a simple expression of human abilities for empathy, compassion, and a mystical oneness with the rest of the natural world.
Pantheism is simply a religious teaching which does not separate humans from nature, nor the divine from natural processes, thus affirming both the human and nonhuman will-to-live.
www.pantheist.net /society/modern_pantheism_approach.html   (5224 words)

Pantheism believes that the universe and nature are divine.
Pantheism believes that those feelings are older and more basic than any traditional religion: they are a natural part of our existence as natural material beings.
You would express Pantheism through seasonal rituals which would link you to the earth and universe of which you are part, and through meditation techniques which allow a direct mystical experience of nature and matter.
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 PANTHEISM: Nature, universe, science and religion
Scientific or natural pantheism is a modern form of pantheism that deeply reveres the universe and nature and joyfully accepts and embraces life, the body and earth, but does not believe in any supernatural deities, entities or powers.
At the heart of pantheism is reverence of the universe as the ultimate focus of reverence, and for the natural earth as sacred.
Pantheism fosters a mind that accepts life, the body, and the self: a mind that is free from guilt about original sin or inability to be a martyr; free of anxiety about death or the possibility of eternal punishment beyond death.
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 Pantheism (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)
Pantheism clearly does not claim that God in the theistic sense is immanent in the world since it denies such a God — transcendent or immanent — exists.
Pantheism does not claim that its divine Unity is a "perfect being" or being at all (generally), or that it is omniscient etc. Surely it is mistaken to interpret Spinoza's "God" as "perfect" and "omniscient" etc. in anything like the way these predicates are interpreted theistically as applying to God.
As stated, the definition of pantheism in this entry maintains that pantheism involves, if not entails, the denial of the two key claims of theism: (i) that god is a "person," and (ii) that god is ontologically distinct from, and transcendent to all else that exists.
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Pantheism does not simply co-exist uncomfortably with science: it fully embraces science as part of the human exploration of the divine universe.
Pantheism is a very feel good religion; it is therefore good for the masses who in general, prefer to be told that things are going to be ok and that everything is taken care of.
Pantheism is therefore the pagan religion that mundanes are most likely to buy; it is a good, strong threat to other religions.
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 Pantheism: FAQs on pantheism, panentheism, paganism etc.
Pantheism believes that the universe and nature are worthy of the deepest religious reverence.
Pantheism in its second sense means belief in all the gods of all nations.
Pantheism believes that we live on in nature where we are re-absorbed, but also in people's memories and in the achievements we leave behind.
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