from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The principle or belief that all things are contained in God.
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- noun philosophy, religion A
doctrinethat the universeis part of God, but that God nevertheless transcends or has some existence separate from the universe.
- noun rare A
beliefin all gods.
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I prefer the term panentheism but it is admittedly a fine line.
Scholars of great mystical movements and figures often go out of their way to explain that their subjects merit the term panentheism rather than pantheism, as if the second label is an insult.
The term panentheism refers to God as existing within but somehow grander than creation (i.e. the whole is greater than the sum of its parts).
If you get seriously interested in panentheism, I recommend Charles Hartshorne's "Omnipotence and Other Theological Mistakes."
One of the favorite metaphors of panentheism is that "the world is God's body".
The philosophical position known as panentheism or, all things within God, is employed to highlight the workings of mind and spirit.
Had every professing pantheist in history been exposed to the idea of panentheism, perhaps each would immediately exclaim: “Yes, yes…I am that.”
But the broader stream of thought known as panentheism, of which process thought probably deserves to be considered a subcategory, is one that resonates with me in many ways.
He never seems to address things like panentheism, which is clearly different from classical theism, but isn't it still, in some sense, a theism?
On the other hand, in the context of views such as panentheism, which envision God as embodied in the universe and the universe as existing "within" God, it makes much more sense to work with analogies from human persons to the divine.