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Pantheism (Greek: pan = all and Theos = God) literally means " This article focuses on the monotheistic concept of a singular God. See deity or goddesses for details on divine entities in specific religions and mythologies. The term God designates a universal Supreme Being. There are countless variant definitions of God, however. For example: Many religious and philosophic systems consider God... God is ALL is a three-letter acronym that can denote: Albanian Lek (currency) Acute lymphocytic leukemia, a leukemia affecting mostly children. This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. If an article link referred you here, you might want... All" and "All is God". It is the view that everything is of an all-encompassing Immanence is a religious and philosophical concept. It is derived from the Latin words, in and manere, the original meaning being to exist or remain within. Of this world In the most common religious usage, it is understood to mean that the divine force, or the divine being, pervades through... immanent God; or that the universe, or nature, and God are equivalent. More detailed definitions tend to emphasize the idea that In law, natural law is the doctrine that just laws are immanent in nature (that can be claimed as discovered but not created by such things as a bill of rights) and/or that they can emerge by natural process of resolving conflicts (as embodied by common law). These two... natural law, Existence is an ontological topic par excellence. In Anglo-American philosophy (this article will have to be augmented with summaries of work in other traditions), probably the most widely-asked question about it is what sort of concept it is, or what function it serves in languages, both natural and... existence and/or the The deepest visible-light image of the cosmos. Hubble Ultra Deep Field. Image Credit: NASA, ESA, S. Beckwith (STScI) and the HUDF team. In the first half of the 20th century, the word universe was used to mean the whole spacetime continuum in which we exist, together with all the... universe (the The Absolute Infinite is Georg Cantors concept of an infinity that transcended the transfinite numbers. Cantor equated the Absolute Infinite with God. He held that the Absolute Infinite had various mathematical properties, including that every property of the Absolute Infinite is also held by some smaller object. Cantors... sum total of all that is was and shall be) is represented or personified in the Theology is literally rational discourse concerning God (Greek θεος, theos, God, + λογος, logos, rational discourse). By extension, it also refers to the study of other religious topics. History of the term The term theologia is used in Classical Greek literature, with the meaning... theological principle of 'God'. The term "pantheist" - of which the word "pantheism" is a variation - was purportedly first used by Irish can refer to multiple things: Things relating to Ireland or its culture, see also List of Ireland-related topics. The Irish ethnicity. The Irish language, the Goidelic Celtic language of Ireland. Hiberno-English, the English language as spoken by the Irish. Irish whiskey. The Irish class battleships in Gundam... Irish Though anyone who creates a written work may be called a writer, the term is usually reserved for those who write creatively or professionally, or those who have written in many different forms. Skilled writers are adept at using language to portray ideas and images, whether it be in fiction... writer John Toland is also the name of an American author who was famous for his biography of Adolf Hitler. John Toland (November 30, 1670 - March 11, 1722) was the illegitimate son of a Catholic priest born in the village of Ardagh, Donegal, Ireland. His book Christianity Not Mysterious (1696) was... John Toland in his Events Construction begins on Blenheim Palace, in Oxfordshire, England. It is completed in 1724 The Sophia Naturalization Act 1705 is passed by the English Parliament, which naturalized Sophia of Hanover and the issue of her body as British subjects. Births October 31 - Pope Clement XIV (died 1774) Thomas Birch, British... 1705 work, Socinianism Truly Stated, by a pantheist.

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Varieties of pantheism

Despite the broad, inclusive nature of pantheism, modern pantheists generally identify themselves as members of two rather divergent groups:

  • Classical pantheism equates existence with God without attempting to redefine or to minimize either term, and has an inclusive demeanor towards other world faiths. It is a classical concept that is represented by many religious traditions including Hinduism and by Kabbalistic Judaism, amongst many other world religions and philosophies. Due... Classical pantheism, which is expressed in the Immanence is a religious and philosophical concept. It is derived from the Latin words, in and manere, the original meaning being to exist or remain within. Of this world In the most common religious usage, it is understood to mean that the divine force, or the divine being, pervades through... immanent God of The tree of life Kabbalah (קבלה Reception, Standard Hebrew Qabbala, Tiberian Hebrew Qabbālāh; also written variously as Cabala, Cabalah, Cabbala, Cabbalah, Kabala, Kabalah, Kabbala, Qabala, Qabalah) is a religious philosophical system claiming an insight into divine nature. Kabbalah is a doctrine of esoteric... Kabalistic For a discussion of Jews as an ethnicity or ethnic group see the article on Jew. The Star of David, a common symbol of Jews and Judaism Judaism is the religion and culture of the Jewish people and one of the first recorded monotheistic faiths. It is also one of... Judaism, Advaita Vedanta is probably the best known of all Vedanta schools of Hinduism, the others being Dvaita and Vishishtadvaita. Advaita literally means not two, and is often called a monistic or non-dualistic system which essentially refers to the indivisibility of the Self (Atman) from the Whole (Brahman). The key... Advaita Vedanta This article is about the Hindu religion; for other meanings of the word, see Hindu (disambiguation). Aum, the most sacred syllable and quintessential symbol of Hinduism, represents the first manifestation of the unmanifest Brahman. Hinduism (सनातन धर्म; commonly called Sanātana Dharma... Sanatana Dharma, and Monism is the metaphysical position that all is of one essential essence, substance or energy. Monism is to be distinguished from dualism, which holds that ultimately there are two kinds of substance, and from pluralism, which holds that ultimately there are many kinds of substance. Monism is often seen in... Monism, generally viewing God in a personal manner.
  • -1... Naturalistic pantheism, based on the relatively recent views of Baruch Spinoza Benedictus de Spinoza (November 24, 1632 _ February 21, 1677), named Baruch Spinoza by his synagogue elders and known as Bento de Spinoza or Bento dEspiñoza in the community in which he grew up. Along with René Descartes and Gottfried Wilhelm Freiherr von Leibniz, he was... Baruch Spinoza and John Toland is also the name of an American author who was famous for his biography of Adolf Hitler. John Toland (November 30, 1670 - March 11, 1722) was the illegitimate son of a Catholic priest born in the village of Ardagh, Donegal, Ireland. His book Christianity Not Mysterious (1696) was... John Toland (who coined the term "pantheism"), as well as contemporary influences, and which encompasses key aspects of pandeism.

The vast majority of persons who can be identified as "pantheistic" are of the classical variety (such as This article is about the Hindu religion; for other meanings of the word, see Hindu (disambiguation). Aum, the most sacred syllable and quintessential symbol of Hinduism, represents the first manifestation of the unmanifest Brahman. Hinduism (सनातन धर्म; commonly called Sanātana Dharma... Hindus), while most persons who self-identify as "pantheist" alone (rather than as members of another religion) are of the naturalistic variety. The division between the two "flavors" of pantheism is not entirely clear in all situations, and remains a source of some controversy in pantheist circles.


Methods of explanation

An oft-cited feature of pantheism is that each individual human, being part of the universe or nature, is part of God. One issue discussed by pantheists is how, if this is so, humans can have free will. In answer, the following analogy is sometimes given (particularly by classical pantheists): "you are to God, as an In metaphysics and statistics, the word individual, while sometimes meaning a person, more typically describes any numerically singular thing. Used in many contexts, both Socrates and the Moon denote individuals; grapefruit and redness (generally) do not. Individual as a piece of philosophical jargon is much-bandied and often to be... individual Red blood cells (erythrocytes) are present in the blood and help carry oxygen to the rest of the cells in the body Blood is a circulating tissue composed of fluid plasma and cells (red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets). Medical terms related to blood often begin in hemo- or... blood Cells in culture, stained for keratin The cell is the structural and functional unit of all living organisms. Some organisms, such as bacteria, are unicellular, consisting of a single cell. Other organisms, such as humans, are multicellular, (humans have an estimated 100,000 billion = 1014 cells). The cell theory, first... cell in your In geology, a vein is a regularly shaped and lengthy occurrence of an ore; a lode. In biology, a vein is a blood vessel which returns blood from the microvasculature to the heart. Veins form part of the circulatory system. The vessels carrying blood away from the heart are known... vein is to you." The analogy further maintains that while a cell may be aware of its own environs, and even has some choices ( Free will is the philosophical doctrine that holds that our choices are ultimately up to us. Conversely, an unfree action would be up to something else. The phrase up to us is vague, and, just like free will itself, admits of a variety of interpretations. Because of this vagueness, the... free will) between right and wrong (killing a Phyla/Divisions Actinobacteria Aquificae Bacteroidetes/Chlorobi Chlamydiae/Verrucomicrobia Chloroflexi Chrysiogenetes Cyanobacteria Deferribacteres Deinococcus-Thermus Dictyoglomi Fibrobacteres/Acidobacteria Firmicutes Fusobacteria Gemmatimonadetes Nitrospirae Omnibacteria Planctomycetes Proteobacteria Spirochaetes Thermodesulfobacteria Thermomicrobia Thermotogae Bacteria is also the fictional name of a warring nation under Benzino Napaloni as dictator, in the 1940 film The Great Dictator... bacteria, becoming For other uses, see Cancer (disambiguation). When normal cells are damaged or old they undergo apoptosis; cancer cells, however, avoid apoptosis. Cancer is a group of diseases characterized by uncontrolled cell division leading to growth of abnormal tissue. It is believed that cancers arise from both genetic and environmental factors... malignant, or perhaps just doing nothing, among countless others) it likely has little conception of the greater being of which it is a part. Another way to understand this relationship is the This article is about the Hindu religion; for other meanings of the word, see Hindu (disambiguation). Aum, the most sacred syllable and quintessential symbol of Hinduism, represents the first manifestation of the unmanifest Brahman. Hinduism (सनातन धर्म; commonly called Sanātana Dharma... Hindu concept of In Hinduism and Jainism, a jiva is the immortal essence of a living being, subject to maya. A jiva that is free of maya, i.e. is not tied to a body or earthly existence in any way, is called ãtmã. The vedic concept of jiva is analogous, but by... Jiva, wherein the human This page is about the core essence of a being. For the music genre, see soul music; for the chief city of South Korea see Seoul. The soul, in several philosophical movements and many religious traditions, is the core principle of life. Some traditions considered it immortal; others mortal. In... soul is an aspect of God not yet having reached For the period in European history, The Age of Enlightenment For the corresponding movement in the European Jewish community, see Haskalah. For the Hindu religious concept of enlightenment, see moksha For the Buddhist religious concept, see enlightenment (Buddhism) For analysis of the philosphical concept, see Enlightenment (concept) For the 1990... enlightenment, after which it becomes (Redirected from ) This is a disambiguation page for the term atman (or atma). It is a fundamental concept to both the Hindu and Buddhist traditions. Atman (Hinduism) Atman (Buddhism) See also anatta (anatman) for Buddhist negation of atman idea. This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists... Atman.


However, it should be noted that not all pantheists accept the idea of free will, with This article is about the general notion of determinism in philosophy. For other uses of the word deterministic see: Deterministic (disambiguation). Determinism is the philosophical conception which claims that every physical event, including human cognition and action, is causally determined by an unbroken chain of prior occurrences. No mysterious miracles... determinism being particularly widespread among naturalistic pantheists. Although individual interpretations of pantheism may suggest certain implications for the nature and existence of free will and/or determinism, pantheism itself does not include any requirement of belief either way. However, the issue is widely discussed, as it is in many other religions and philosophies.


Debate

Some critics argue that pantheism is little more than a redefinition of the word "God" to mean " Existence is an ontological topic par excellence. In Anglo-American philosophy (this article will have to be augmented with summaries of work in other traditions), probably the most widely-asked question about it is what sort of concept it is, or what function it serves in languages, both natural and... existence" or " Reality in everyday usage means everything that exists. The term Reality, in its most liberal sense, includes everything that is, whether or not it is observable, accessible or understandable by science, philosophy, theology or any other system of analysis. Reality in this sense may include both being and nothingness, whereas... reality". Many pantheists reply that even if this is so, such a shift in the way we think about these ideas can serve to create both a new and a potentially far more insightful conception of both existence and God.


Perhaps the most significant debate within the pantheistic community is about the nature of God. Classical pantheism equates existence with God without attempting to redefine or to minimize either term, and has an inclusive demeanor towards other world faiths. It is a classical concept that is represented by many religious traditions including Hinduism and by Kabbalistic Judaism, amongst many other world religions and philosophies. Due... Classical pantheism believes in a personal, Consciousness is a quality of the mind generally regarded to comprise qualities such as subjectivity, self-awareness, sentience, sapience, and the ability to perceive the relationship between oneself and ones environment. In common parlance, consciousness denotes being awake and responsive to ones environment; this contrasts with being asleep... conscious, and Omniscience is the capacity to know everything, or at least everything that can be known. In monotheism, this ability is typically attributed to God. It is typically contrasted with omnipotence. Omniscience is sometimes understood to also imply the capacity to know everything that will be. Foreknowledge and its compatibility with... omniscient God, and sees this God as uniting all true religions. -1... 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.


Cosmotheism, a small but controversial Hitlers Nazi Germany: the epitome of 20th-century racialism Racialism is a term used to describe racial policy, in what is generally perceived to be a negative sense, as promoting stratification and inequality between racial categories (in themselves, often disputed). Especially in academia, whenever the term is employed, it... racialist group which considers itself a form of pantheism, has an evolutionary interpretation of God, seeing him to be impersonal, but not taking a clear stance as to his Sentience is the capacity for basic consciousness -- the ability to feel or perceive, not necessarily including the faculty of self-awareness. The word sentient is often confused with the word sapient, which can connotate knowledge, higher consciousness, or apperception. The root of the confusion is that the word conscious has... sentience. (Like the terms “pantheism”, “monotheism”, and “polytheism”, “cosmotheism” was not used in antiquity. The term seems to have been coined by Lamoignon de Malesherbes in Events January 7 - The first American commercial bank opens (Bank of North America). January 15 - Superintendent of Finance Robert Morris goes before the U.S. Congress to recommend establishment of a national mint and decimal coinage February 5 - Spanish defeat British forces and capture Minorca. March 8 - In Ohio the... 1782 with regard to Gaius Plinius Secundus, (23–79) better known as Pliny the Elder, was an ancient author and scientist of some importance who wrote Naturalis Historia. He was the son of a Roman eques by the daughter of the senator Gaius Caecilius of Novum Comum. He was born at Como, not... Pliny the Elder; various scholars have used it since then, but to refer to different sorts of religious belief.)


The viewpoints encompassed within the pantheistic community are necessarily diverse, but the central idea of the universe being an all-encompassing unity and the sanctity of both nature and its natural laws are found throughout. Some pantheists also posit a common purpose for nature and man, while others reject the idea of purpose and view existence as existing "for its own sake."


Related concepts

Panentheism

Pantheism has features in common with Panentheism (Greek words: pan=all and Theos=God) is the view that God is immanent within all creation and that the universe is part of God or that God is the animating force behind the universe. Unlike pantheism, panentheism does not mean that the universe is synonymous with God. Instead... panentheism, such as the idea that the universe is part of God. Technically, the two are separate, inasmuch as pantheism finds God synonymous with nature, and panentheism finds God to be greater than nature alone. Some find this distinction unhelpful, while others see it as a significant point of division. Many of the major faiths described as pantheistic could also be described as panentheistic, whereas naturalistic pantheism cannot (not seeing God as more than nature alone). For example, elements of both panentheism and pantheism are found in Hinduism. Certain interpretations of the Bhagavad Gīta भगवद्गीता, composed ca the fifth - second centuries BC, is part of the epic poem Mahabharata, located in the Bhisma-Parva chapters 23–40. A core sacred text of Hindu religion and philosophy, the Bhagavad Gita, often referred... Bhagavad Gita and The Shri Rudram Chamakam (TS 4.5, 4.7) is a Vedic stotra dedicated to Rudra, an earlier aspect of Shiva. Shri Rudram is also known as Sri Rudraprasna, Satarudriya, and Rudradhyaya. It consists of two texts from the Black Yajurveda (Taittiriya Samhita), book four. The first part, Shri Rudram... Shri Rudram support this view.


Pandeism

Pandeism combines the major elements of natural pantheism with Deism is belief in a God or first cause based on reason, rather than on faith or revelation, and thus a form of theism in opposition to fideism. Deism is usually synonymous with natural religion in 18th century Enlightenment writings. Deism originated in 17th century Europe, gaining popularity in the... deism (the concept that God created a self-regulating universe, and does not actively intervene in its operations). The fundamental concept is that a single, omnipotent deity preceded the existence of the universe, that this deity envisioned or designed the universe with all of its physical attributes, and that this deity created the universe by completely incorporating itself into the material universe. In short, God ceased to be an independent and sentient God, and instead became the non-sentient and non-responsive universe. This subset of naturalistic pantheism is distinct in that it necessarily encompasses the belief in a sentient deity that existed before the formation of the universe.


Pantheistic concepts in religion

Hinduism

In Hindu Theology is literally rational discourse concerning God (Greek θεος, theos, God, + λογος, logos, rational discourse). By extension, it also refers to the study of other religious topics. History of the term The term theologia is used in Classical Greek literature, with the meaning... theology Brahman is The Ultimate is a general term embracing the concept of an ultimate supernatural reality which transcends material reality and from which, according to a broad spectrum of Eastern philosophies and religions, material reality derives. The Ultimate is Generally non-anthropomorphic and may or may not (depending on ones specific doctrine... the ultimate, both Transcendental in philosophical contexts In philosophy, transcendental experiences are experiences of an exclusively human nature that are other-worldly or beyond the human realm of understanding. Things sometimes considered transcendental are religion, parts of philosophy (especially metaphysics and ontology), humour, death and more. See also metaphysics. Transcendental field elements in... transcendent and Immanence is a religious and philosophical concept. It is derived from the Latin words, in and manere, the original meaning being to exist or remain within. Of this world In the most common religious usage, it is understood to mean that the divine force, or the divine being, pervades through... immanent, the The Absolute Infinite is Georg Cantors concept of an infinity that transcended the transfinite numbers. Cantor equated the Absolute Infinite with God. He held that the Absolute Infinite had various mathematical properties, including that every property of the Absolute Infinite is also held by some smaller object. Cantors... absolute infinite Existence is an ontological topic par excellence. In Anglo-American philosophy (this article will have to be augmented with summaries of work in other traditions), probably the most widely-asked question about it is what sort of concept it is, or what function it serves in languages, both natural and... existence, the sum total of all that ever is, was, or ever shall be. As the sun has rays of light which emanate from the same source, the same holds true for the multifaceted aspects of God emanating from Brahman, like many colors of the same prism. This concept of God is of one unity, with the individual personal Gods being aspects of the One; thus, different deities are seen by different adherents as particularly well suited to their worship. Pantheism and panentheism are key components of Advaita Vedanta is probably the best known of all Vedanta schools of Hinduism, the others being Dvaita and Vishishtadvaita. Advaita literally means not two, and is often called a monistic or non-dualistic system which essentially refers to the indivisibility of the Self (Atman) from the Whole (Brahman). The key... Advaita theology.


In Smartist tradition, which follows Advaita Vedanta is probably the best known of all Vedanta schools of Hinduism, the others being Dvaita and Vishishtadvaita. Advaita literally means not two, and is often called a monistic or non-dualistic system which essentially refers to the indivisibility of the Self (Atman) from the Whole (Brahman). The key... Advaita philosophy, Brahman is seen as the one God, with aspects of God emanating therefrom. With all Hindus, there is a strong belief in all paths, or true religions leading to One God.


Some of the Hindu aspects of God include Popular image of Ganesh In Hinduism, Ganesha (Gaṇeśa, lord of the hosts, also spelled Ganesa and sometimes referred to as Ganesh in Hindi, Bengali and other Indian vernaculars) is the god of wisdom, intelligence, education and prudence. He is a son of Shiva and Parvati, and... Ganesa, 1: In Hinduism, Devi (goddess) is the personification of the supreme God as the Divine Mother of Hinduism. The Goddess, the female aspect of divinity, is usually considered to have an equal role with the male aspect as energy or the driving force (Shakti), without which the male aspect, which... Devi, Vishnu (Hindi: (विष्‍णु) is a form of God, whom Hindus pray to. For Vaishnavites, He is the only Ultimate Reality or God. In Trimurti belief, He is the second aspect of God in the Trimurti (also called the Hindu Trinity), along with Brahma and... Vishnu, and This article is about the Hindu God. For the Jewish ritual of mourning, see Shivah. For the Slavic goddess, see Siwa. Lord Shiva. The water flowing from his locks is a depiction of the River Ganga considered to be a goddess in Hinduism. In Hindu mythology, when Ganga descended... Siva.


Hindus who follow the Smarta is a Hindu follower of Smartism. Alternatively, Smarta is an adjective denoting the traditions of Smartism. Categories: Stub ... Smarta tradition believe that these different aspects of God can bring worshippers closer to This article is about a religious term. See Moksha (disambiguation) for other meanings. Moksha (Sanskrit: liberation) or Mukti (Sanskrit: release) refers, in general, to liberation from the cycle of death and rebirth. In higher Hindu philosophy, it is seen as a transcendence of phenomenal being, of any sense of consciousness... Moksha, end of the Reincarnation, also called metempsychosis or transmigration of souls, is the rebirth in another body (after physical death), of some critical part of a persons personality or spirit. Its occurrence is a central tenet of Hinduism, Jainism, some African religions, as well as various other religions and philosophies. Most modern... cycle of rebirth.


Other subdivisions of Vedanta do not strictly hold this tenet. For example, Dvaita, a school of Vedanta (the most widespread Hindu theology), founded by Shri Madhvacharya, stresses strict distinction between God (expressed as Vishnu) and souls. God is seen as the efficient cause of the universe and not as the material cause in that He is the potter causing the clay (souls... Dvaita school of Madhva can refer to: Shri Madhvacharya, Vaishnavite saint and founder of Dvaita school of thought, at Pajaka, Udupi a person belonging to the Dvaita school of thought This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. If an article... Madhva holds Brahman to be only Vishnu (Hindi: (विष्‍णु) is a form of God, whom Hindus pray to. For Vaishnavites, He is the only Ultimate Reality or God. In Trimurti belief, He is the second aspect of God in the Trimurti (also called the Hindu Trinity), along with Brahma and... Vishnu. In contrast, Arya Samaj (Aryan Society or Society of Nobles) is a Hindu reform movement in India that was founded by Swami Dayananda in 1875. He was a sannyasin (renouncer) who believed in the infallible authority of the Vedas. Dayananda advocated the doctrine of karma and reincarnation, and emphasised the ideals of... Arya Samaj believes in worshipping Brahman directly, without conceptualizing God through form such as Ishta-Deva, or Ishta Devata is a term from Hinduism that means chosen Deity or revered aspect of God by a devotee and is a widely held concept in Smartism. In such a concept, different aspects of God are held equivalent and hence equal. Thus, the preferred form of God... Ishta-deva or using an The Savior Not Made By Hands (1410s, by Andrei Rublev) An icon (from Greek εικων, eikon, image) is an artistic visual representation or symbol of anything considered holy and divine, such as God, saints or deities. An icon could be a painting (including relief painting), sculpture... icon, the Hindu Murti Worship Different sects of Hinduism, especially devotional/bhakti and tantric ones, have their own particular monotheistic conception of supreme Godhead from whom all other deities and principles emanate (such as Vishnu or Shiva, Krishna or Devi). Most Hindus, based on belief of many as one, will often worship many... murti to focus. Arya Samaj only takes into consideration the formless Brahman while Advaita states that the formless Brahman and the formful God Saguna Brahman, also called Iswara, in Hinduism, is God with personal characteristics or attributes. Forms of Saguna Brahman include Vishnu or Shiva. This is in contrast with Nirguna Brahman, or God without form, who can never be defined. . Categories: Stub | Hinduism ... Saguna Brahman are the same and hence worship of either is valid and equivalent. However, Advaita agrees with Arya Samaj that the Ultimate Reality is attributeless, in contrast to the theistic schools of Sri Ramanuja Acharya (1017 - 1137 AD) was an Indian philosopher and is recognized as the most important saint of Sri Vaishnavism. He held the Vishishtadvaita or Nondualist belief that the world and Brahman were united, like a soul and a body are. His version of Indian Nondualism differed from Shankara... Ramanuja, who also stressed panentheism, and Madhva can refer to: Shri Madhvacharya, Vaishnavite saint and founder of Dvaita school of thought, at Pajaka, Udupi a person belonging to the Dvaita school of thought This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. If an article... Madhva, an advocate of A dual is a pair – a grouping of two. The word duality has a variety of different meanings in different contexts: In the religion of the Moche of Peru and the Chinese of China, duality is the premise that everything has an opposing force that must be, or will... duality.


Vedanta , meaning literally the end section of the Vedas, is a branch of Hindu philosophy. It is a system of Jnana Yoga that attempts to guide the individual to enlightenment. It is drawn from the Upanishads, considered the fundamental essence of all the Vedas, and some of the earlier Aranyakas... Vedanta, specifically, Advaita Vedanta is probably the best known of all Vedanta schools of Hinduism, the others being Dvaita and Vishishtadvaita. Advaita literally means not two, and is often called a monistic or non-dualistic system which essentially refers to the indivisibility of the Self (Atman) from the Whole (Brahman). The key... Advaita, is a branch of Hindu philosophy (one of the main divisions of Indian philosophy) is traditionally seen through the prism of six different systems that are listed here and makes up the main belief systems of Hinduism. The characteristic of this philosophy is to consider being (consciousness) together with the other issues and is... Hindu philosophy which gives this matter a greater focus. Most Vedantic adherents are Monism is the metaphysical position that all is of one essential essence, substance or energy. Monism is to be distinguished from dualism, which holds that ultimately there are two kinds of substance, and from pluralism, which holds that ultimately there are many kinds of substance. Monism is often seen in... monists or "non- The term dualism is the state of being dual, or having a twofold division. Dualism doctrine consists of two basic opposing elements. Generally it consists of any system which is founded on a double principle. The term dualism has several uses: Theological usage (Western/theistic) Main Article: Theology In theology... dualists" (i.e. Advaita Vedanta is probably the best known of all Vedanta schools of Hinduism, the others being Dvaita and Vishishtadvaita. Advaita literally means not two, and is often called a monistic or non-dualistic system which essentially refers to the indivisibility of the Self (Atman) from the Whole (Brahman). The key... Advaita Vedanta), seeing multiple manifestations of the one God or source of being, a view which is often confused by non-Hindus as being Polytheism is belief in, or worship of, multiple gods or divinities. The word comes from the Greek words poly+theoi, literally many gods. Most ancient religions were polytheistic, holding to pantheons of traditional deities, often accumulated over centuries of cultural interchange and experience. The belief in many gods does not... polytheistic.


Judaism

The The tree of life Kabbalah (קבלה Reception, Standard Hebrew Qabbala, Tiberian Hebrew Qabbālāh; also written variously as Cabala, Cabalah, Cabbala, Cabbalah, Kabala, Kabalah, Kabbala, Qabala, Qabalah) is a religious philosophical system claiming an insight into divine nature. Kabbalah is a doctrine of esoteric... Kabbalah, in Jewish mysticism, paints a pantheistic/panentheistic view of God which has wide acceptance in Hasidic Judaism (Hebrew: Chasidut חסידות) is a Haredi Jewish religious movement. It is also known as Hasidism, and the adjective Chasidic/Hasidic (or in Yiddish Chasidish חסידיש meaning pious from the Hebrew root word chesed חסד meaning loving... Hasidic Judaism, particularly from their founder, the This article incorporates text from the public domain 1901-1906 Jewish Encyclopedia. Please feel free to update like any other article. Israel ben Eliezer Rabbi Israel (Yisroel) ben Eliezer (about 1700 Okopy Świętej Trójcy - May 22, 1760 Międzyborz) was a Jewish Orthodox mystical rabbi... Baal Shem Tov.


Other religions

There are elements of pantheism in the The Liberal Catholic Church is a form of Christianity based on theosophical ideas. The church was founded by J.I. Wedgwood, a theosophist who was ordained in the Ancient Catholic Church by Arnold Harris Mathew (1913). Thus it claims apostolic succession going back to Rome. In the end Mathew came... Liberal Catholic Church, Seal of the Theosophical Society Theosophy is a body of belief which holds that all religions are attempts by man to ascertain the Divine, and as such each religion has a portion of the truth. Theosophy, as a coherent belief system, developed from the writings of Helena Petrovna Blavatsky (also... Theosophy, some forms of Statues of Buddha such as this, the Tian Tan Buddha statue in Hong Kong, remind followers to practice right living. Buddhism is a religion and philosophy based on the teachings of the Buddha, Siddhārtha Gautama, who lived between approximately 563 and 483 BCE. Originating in India, Buddhism gradually... Buddhism, For other uses of the words tao and dao, see Dao (disambiguation). Most accounts describe Taoism or Daoism as an Asian philosophy and religion, although some regard it as neither of these but rather as an aspect of Chinese wisdom. Taoism has Tao as its basis. One may speak of... Taoism, Process theology (also known as Neoclassical theology) is a school of thought influenced by the metaphysical process philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead (1861 - 1947). The concepts of process theology include: God is not omnipotent in the classical sense of a coercive being. Reality is not made up of material substances... Process theology and Creation Spirituality is a set of beliefs about God and humanity promoted by the theologian and Episcopal priest Matthew Fox. It is a mystical philosophy that celebrates the universe, emphasizes creativity as a key component of the universe, and believes that all people have a divine creative impulse. It espouses... Creation Spirituality, along with many varying denominations and individuals within denominations.


Many The flaming chalice is the universally recognized symbol for Unitarian Universalism. Unitarian Universalism (UU or UUism) is a liberal religious tradition that was formed by the merger of Unitarian and Universalist groups. Its roots are in Protestantism, although belief in Christianity is no longer required for adherents to modern Unitarian... Unitarian Universalists consider themselves pantheists.


Quotations

A Religion, sometimes used interchangeably with faith, is commonly defined as belief concerning the supernatural, sacred, or divine, and the practices and institutions associated with such belief. In its broadest sense some have defined it as the sum total of answers given to explain humankinds relationship with the universe. Religion... religion old or new, that stressed the magnificence of the The deepest visible-light image of the cosmos. Hubble Ultra Deep Field. Image Credit: NASA, ESA, S. Beckwith (STScI) and the HUDF team. In the first half of the 20th century, the word universe was used to mean the whole spacetime continuum in which we exist, together with all the... universe as For information on the last book of the New Testament see the entry on the Book of Revelation. For the role playing game of this name, see Revelation (game). For the 2001 novel by Carol Berg, see Revelation. In monotheistic religions, revelation is the process in which God makes himself... revealed by modern For the scientific journal named Science, see Science (journal). Science is both a process of gaining knowledge, and the organized body of knowledge gained by this process. The scientific process is the systematic acquisition of new knowledge about a system. This systematic acquisition is generally the scientific method, and the... science, might be able to draw forth reserves of The Oxford English Dictionary defines reverence as deep respect and veneration for some thing, place, or person regarded as having a sacred or exalted character. This page is a candidate to be moved to Wiktionary. If the page can be expanded into an encyclopedic article, rather than a dictionary definition... reverence and awe hardly tapped by the Generally, convention means coming together. Sometimes it means physically coming together, as a group of people meeting in one place, and sometimes it means agreeing on rules and customs. In the latter sense, a convention may be explicitly legislated, as the rule to drive on the right side of the... conventional This article discusses faith in a religious context. For other uses, see faith (disambiguation). The best starting point, before digging into subjective human associations with the heavily-loaded word, is reviewing the very simple dictionary definitions of faith. The word faith has various uses; its central meaning is equivalent to... faiths. Sooner or later, such a religion will emerge. - Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot is a photograph of the Earth taken by the Voyager 1 spacecraft at the range of 3.7 billion miles. It shows the Earth as minute speck nearly lost in the glare of the Sun. Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space (1994... Pale Blue Dot ( 1994 was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International year of the Family. Events January January 1 - North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) goes into effect January 6 - Nancy Kerrigan is clubbed on the right leg by an assailant under orders from... 1994)

It is necessary to note that While Sagan never described himself as a pantheist; many maintain that pantheism fit his views better than any other term. This claim, while widely accepted among pantheists of all varieties, remains somewhat controversial outside the pantheist community. A similar debate surrounds the attribution of pantheism to other notable figures, including For other topics related to Einstein see Einstein (disambiguation). Portrait of Albert Einstein taken by Yousuf Karsh on February 11, 1948 Albert Einstein (March 14, 1879–April 18, 1955) was a theoretical physicist who is widely regarded as the greatest scientist of the 20th century. He proposed the theory... Einstein.

I believe in Baruch Spinoza Benedictus de Spinoza (November 24, 1632 _ February 21, 1677), named Baruch Spinoza by his synagogue elders and known as Bento de Spinoza or Bento dEspiñoza in the community in which he grew up. Along with René Descartes and Gottfried Wilhelm Freiherr von Leibniz, he was... Spinoza's God who reveals Himself in the orderly harmony of what exists, not in a God who concerns himself with fates and actions of human beings. - For other uses of the name Einstein, please see Einstein (disambiguation) Portrait of Albert Einstein taken by Yousuf Karsh on February 11, 1948 Albert Einstein ( March 14, 1879 – April 18, 1955) was a theoretical physicist who is widely regarded as the greatest scientist of the 20th century. He proposed... Albert Einstein
To me, nature is sacred. Trees are my temples and forests are my cathedrals. - Mikhail Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev (Russian: ; Pronunciation: mih-kha-ILL ser-GHE-ye-vich gor-bah-CHOFF) (born March 2, 1931), was leader of the Soviet Union from 1985 until 1991. His attempts at reform led to the end of the Cold War, but also inadvertently caused the end of the political... Gorbachev [1]  (http://resurgence.gn.apc.org/184/gorbachev.htm)

See also

  • Theism is the belief in one or more gods or goddesses. More specifically, it may also mean the belief in God, a god, or gods, who is/are actively involved in maintaining the Universe. This secondary meaning is shown in context to other beliefs concerning the divine below. The term... Theism
  • Deism is belief in a God or first cause based on reason, rather than on faith or revelation, and thus a form of theism in opposition to fideism. Deism is usually synonymous with natural religion in 18th century Enlightenment writings. Deism originated in 17th century Europe, gaining popularity in the... Deism
  • This article is about the Hindu religion; for other meanings of the word, see Hindu (disambiguation). Aum, the most sacred syllable and quintessential symbol of Hinduism, represents the first manifestation of the unmanifest Brahman. Hinduism (सनातन धर्म; commonly called Sanātana Dharma... Hinduism
  • The tree of life Kabbalah (קבלה Reception, Standard Hebrew Qabbala, Tiberian Hebrew Qabbālāh; also written variously as Cabala, Cabalah, Cabbala, Cabbalah, Kabala, Kabalah, Kabbala, Qabala, Qabalah) is a religious philosophical system claiming an insight into divine nature. Kabbalah is a doctrine of esoteric... Kabbalah
  • Panentheism (Greek words: pan=all and Theos=God) is the view that God is immanent within all creation and that the universe is part of God or that God is the animating force behind the universe. Unlike pantheism, panentheism does not mean that the universe is synonymous with God. Instead... Panentheism
  • Pandeism
  • William Luther Pierce (September 11, 1933 - July 23, 2002) was an associate of the American Nazi Party (ANP), founder of the National Alliance and one of the most prominent ideologues of the white nationalist movement. Educated as a physicist, he rose to prominence in the white separatist movement following the... Cosmotheism
  • Cosmology is the study of the large-scale structure and history of the universe. In particular, it deals with subjects regarding its origin and evolution. It is studied by Astronomy, Philosophy, and Religion. See also cosmogony. Subjects in cosmology include: Physical cosmology The Big Bang The Friedmann-Lemaître-Robertson... Cosmology
  • A pseudo-pantheism is generally considered to be any system of spiritual or philosophical thought which claims to embody pantheistic principles or practices, but which in reality differs from pantheism in ways that are considered important. As there is currently no universally-established doctrine or creed unifying pantheism as a... Pseudo-pantheism
  • The Ranters were a radical English sect in the time of the Commonwealth, who were regarded as heretical by the established Church of that period. Their central idea was pantheistic, that God is essentially in every creature; this led them to deny the authority of the Church, of scripture, of... Ranters
  • The World Pantheist Movement (WPM) is an organization of people associated with pantheism, a philosophy which asserts that spirituality should be centered around nature. It claims membership in many countries. Some critics claim that the WPM is atheism for nature-lovers, while the WPM itself insists that their woldview, while... World Pantheist Movement
  • The Universal Pantheist Society, founded in 1975, is one of the worlds first official organizations dedicated to the promotion and understanding of modern pantheism. It is overseen by an elected Board of Directors and publishes a quarterly Journal, Pantheist Vision, which presents articles relating to the modern philosophy and... Universal Pantheist Society
  • The flaming chalice is the universally recognized symbol for Unitarian Universalism. Unitarian Universalism (UU or UUism) is a liberal religious tradition that was formed by the merger of Unitarian and Universalist groups. Its roots are in Protestantism, although belief in Christianity is no longer required for adherents to modern Unitarian... Unitarian Universalism
  • Wholism
  • Yoism claims to be the worlds first open source religion. It began in the mid 1990s and has around 100 participants world-wide, who call themselves Yoans. The Open Source Truth Process Yoism was modeled on the successful development of open source software and specifically on the subsequent... Yoism

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