Pantheism.?

Can I still be an atheist while being inclined toward pantheism?
I am inclined to believe that there is a “spirit” (not a god nor a soul) in all things; rocks, trees, rivers, weeds, etc. And, while one may ” wish to respect” these spirits they do not, nor cannot control one another, nor humans either. Further, while “I” am here through no devine creation, neither are the “spirits” in all things here through devine creation.
I am inclined to believe that there is a “spirit” (not a god nor a soul) in all things; rocks, trees, rivers, weeds, etc. And, while one may wish to “respect” these spirits they do not, nor cannot control or exert influence on humans (nor on one another).

Further, while “I” am here through no devine creation, neither are the “spirits” I refer to here through devine creation.

6 thoughts on “Pantheism.?

  1. You can be whatever you want to be. There is no rule book of atheism.

    Cut and paste…
    The vast majority of persons who can be identified as “pantheistic” are of the classical variety (such as Hindus, Jews, Sufis, Unitarians, Etc.), 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 three “flavours” of pantheism are not entirely clear in all situations, and remains a source of some controversy in pantheist circles. Classical pantheists generally accept the religious doctrine that there is a spiritual basis to all reality, while naturalistic pantheists generally do not and thus see the world in somewhat atheistic terms. Confusion between the concepts of pantheism and atheism may be an ancient problem in linguistics. Rome referred to early Christians as Atheists, and the explanations of this semantic phenomenon vary, one of which references the confusion between these two concepts.

  2. Pantheism is the theory that Divine energy permeates the universe.

    So I’d say no — you can’t be an atheist and a pantheist, because pantheism is a form of theism. You might still believe that energy permeates the universe, but once you call it Divine, you’re out of atheism and into something else entirely. 🙂

  3. Well, pantheism is the belief that all things are God…everything in the universe is a “piece of God,” so to speak. So…I, personally, think it would be a bit of a contradiction.

    Unless I have the definition of pantheism somewhat wrong.

  4. What do you mean? Can you still decline to acknowledge the existence of God while supposing that there is more than one God? Well, you would be kidding yourself wouldn’t you? You can’t have it both ways. If you are atheistic, you don’t accept the concept of God. If you are supposing that there might be more than one god, then you move into agnostic status, at least, because you are theorizing the possibility.

  5. No sorry at that point you believe in a god or deity. Not my God, but something. Sorry. But you can still be happy where you are.

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