from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Devotion to theories of emanation.

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  • noun A religious concept that everything is derived from emanations from a god


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  • This may take the form of emanationism, in which the universe is to the Absolute what rings of light are to a flame, or an interpretation of the divine as the sole substance of which all existing things are a mode.

    Why I am Not a Pantheist (Nor a Panentheist): Metaphysics, Totalization, and the Cosmos By Jonathan Weidenbaum

  • In addition to Philo's definition of the relationship of the Word to both God and creation in a way that suggests there was indeed the sort of ambiguity Bauckham denies Who is Heir of Divine Things? chapter 42 § 206, later Jewish mystical works illustrate well how emanationism continued to exist in a Jewish context, in conjunction with affirmations of "monotheism", i.e. exclusive devotion to one God.

    Review of Richard Bauckham, Jesus and the God of Israel

  • If pantheism requires a creation doctrine, some type of emanationism seems most plausible.


  • Since Unity must partly be explained evaluatively, the fact that emanationism is often linked to the "Good" provides further reason for supposing it consonant with pantheism.


  • In distinguishing between creation ex nihilo and emanationism as he does, Macquarrie (1984: 34-5) makes it easy to see why emanationism is often closely associated with pantheism.


  • He says, "¦ emanationism does not necessarily lead to pantheism, but it does imply that in some sense God is in the world and the world is in God."


  • He denied the charge of emanationism, claiming that in his thought “it is not a matter of the self-determination of being, but rather the self-determination of Nothingness” (NKZ VI, 154).

    The Kyoto School

  • In this essay Tanabe sharply criticizes Nishida's middle-period philosophy of the “place of Absolute Nothingness,” claiming that it falls into kind of Plotinian “emanationism” that ultimately rests on a religious or mystical intuition.

    The Kyoto School

  • But theists have nevertheless moved toward deism, emanationism, and pantheism as they dealt with such questions as: Having created, is God then indiffer - ent to his creation?


  • Such juxtaposing of emanationism with creationism is not in fact helpful.



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