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Is This Panentheism?

Discussion in 'Panentheism' started by EverChanging, Jun 30, 2010.

  1. EverChanging

    EverChanging Well-Known Member

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    I've taken this quote from another post of mine. It describes my unique experience of deity. Does this sound like panentheism?

     
  2. Storm

    Storm ThrUU the Looking Glass

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    It might be.
     
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  3. EverChanging

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    Good answer. :)
     
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    I'm not sure, you may need to elaborate, or explain from scratch. You say you are an atheist who feels the presence of God. Well, obviously that is a contradition. Do you simply mean that you believe in an impersonal God?

    Panentheism, simply put, is belief that God is both the Source or existence, and existence itself. So everything that exists is some part of God, but God is also the Origin, Creator (perhaps) and such. This differs from Pantheism, which sees the Whole as God, but not God as something more special, other, unique etc.
     
  5. EverChanging

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    I find it very difficult to put into words. The divine is something I experience, not something that I believe (necessarily) objectively exists. But if it is subjective, that subjective experience is still rooted in my brain and thus my genes, environment, the laws of physics, biochemistry, electricity, and so forth, and in this sense, this divine I experience, is an extension of all things. It is all.

    But I prefer not to define it, really, not even to say that it exists or does not exist. I experience it, sometimes in all things, sometimes as impersonal, and sometimes it comes to me as personal beings. But I do not assume that these beings are objective or separate from myself.
     
  6. brbubba

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    Or more simply, God is greater than the known Universe.
     
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    Yes, it does to me.
     
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    Nice point. Yet it seems we can know of God intuitively?
     
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    Sounds more like a form of pantheism.
     
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