pantheism

pantheism
   Although pantheism may be characterised roughly as the view that God is everything, the word 'pantheism' in fact refers to two separate positions: (1) everything is a part of God and God is identical with the totality of what exists; (2) everything is identical with God. The second view, a form of absolute monism, is paradoxical if not incoherent, and is held by some religious traditions, most notably the Hindu tradition of Advaita Vedanta. A closely related concept is panentheism, the view that God is in everything. This view sees all things as divine, but denies that God is identical with the world, seeing it rather as a proper part of God, analogous to the relation of a body to the human person. Panentheism is found in process theology as well as in the writings of a number of theologians today working in feminism and science and religion. Pantheism and panentheism are not always easy to distinguish: Hegel, for instance, has been identified with both.
   Further reading: Hunt 1970; Jantzen 1984; Leslie 2001; Levine 1994

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