10 thoughts on “How many of you know the difference between pantheism and panentheism.?

  1. I can pronounce and spell panentheism. It technically is a word. What it means I don’t know nor do I care.

  2. The latter contains two more letters than the former… though both share the similarity of being moot doctrines that are made redundant by modern secularism.

  3. I didn’t, but now I do. Briefly put, in pantheism, “God is the whole”; in panentheism, “The whole is in God.” This means that the Universe in the first formulation is practically the Whole itself, but in the second the universe and God are not ontologically equivalent. In panentheism, God is not necessarily viewed as the creator or demiurge, but the eternal animating force behind the universe, with the universe as nothing more than the manifest part of God. The cosmos exists within God, who in turn “pervades” or is “in” the cosmos. While pantheism asserts that God and the universe are coextensive, panentheism claims that God is greater than the universe and that the universe is contained within God.

  4. I’ve always wondered what’s the point of Pantheism… if “God” is really just existence and it didn’t create itself, why give it a name, or consider yourself different? Do they believe that the universe has a mind of it’s own…

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