Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A doctrine identifying the Deity with the universe and its phenomena.
  • noun Belief in and worship of all gods.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The worship of all the gods.
  • noun The metaphysical doctrine that God is the only substance, of which the material universe and man are only manifestations.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The doctrine that the universe, taken or conceived of as a whole, is God; the doctrine that there is no God but the combined force and natural laws which are manifested in the existing universe; cosmotheism. The doctrine denies that God is a rational personality.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The belief that the universe is in some sense divine and should be revered. Pantheism identifies the universe with God but denies any personality or transcendence of such a God.
  • noun rare The belief in all gods; omnitheism.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the doctrine or belief that God is the universe and its phenomena (taken or conceived of as a whole) or the doctrine that regards the universe as a manifestation of God
  • noun (rare) worship that admits or tolerates all gods

Etymologies

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From pan- +‎ Ancient Greek θεός ("god") +‎ -ism. The term "pantheist" - of which "pantheism" is a variation - was purportedly first used by Irish writer John Toland in his 1705 work, Socinianism Truly Stated, by a pantheist. A critic of Toland, J. Fay, was the first to use the term "pantheism" in 1709, in Defensio Religionis.

Examples

  • "Everyone is entitled to use terms like ˜pantheism™ as he sees fit," nor does it concern the preciseness of one's "intuitions" as to what pantheism is.

    Pantheism

  • The difference between this and pantheism is very slight, in pantheism it is nature that is in and through everything.

    Archive 2007-02-01

  • The difference between this and pantheism is very slight, in pantheism it is nature that is in and through everything.

    What is the Heart of Christianity?

  • 4 Although James would employ the term pantheism for his own position in A Pluralistic Universe, it is of a highly idiosyncratic variety meaning “indwelling” rather than identified with the All, and unrecognizable to the great bulk of historical pantheists.

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

  • The fact that diocesan leaders have largely abandoned Christianity for a concoction of Gaia worship, Unitarianism and pantheism is disguised by the well practised waffling evasion of its priests and bishop.

    Diocese of Niagara mushrooms « Anglican Samizdat

  • The fact that diocesan leaders have largely abandoned Christianity for a concoction of Gaia worship, Unitarianism and pantheism is disguised by the well practised waffling evasion of its priests and bishop.

    2009 December « Anglican Samizdat

  • Put simply, pantheism is essentially the belief that everything is God, or that the universe itself has the character of the divine.

    Nietzsche the Pantheist? | Heretical Ideas Magazine

  • Another consequence of this notion of pantheism is the notion of the interconnectedness of all things, and that this fundamental interconnectedness is divine — thus the Universe is God.

    Nietzsche the Pantheist? | Heretical Ideas Magazine

  • In panentheism, since everything is part of God (the many different parts are not illusions, as in pantheism), it could make sense that the parts are separately conscious.

    David Ray Griffin: IDist

  • Moving to time's divine beat in both rhythmic and teleological senses, Romantic pantheism is recast by Tennyson not only as a cosmic masterplot but also as

    Phonemanography: Romantic to Victorian

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  • Pantheism, starting from a material sense of God, seeks cause in effect, Principle in its idea, and life and intelligence in matter. SCIENCE AND HEALTH WITH KEY TO THE SCRIPTURES, Mary Baker Eddy

    April 2, 2009