- the doctrine that God is the transcendent reality of which the material universe and human beings are only manifestations: it involves a denial of God's personality and expresses a tendency to identify God and nature.
- any religious belief or philosophical doctrine that identifies God with the universe.
Origin of pantheism
Examples from the Web for pantheism
In this debate, Lewis represents ‘mere Christianity’, Kennedy modern humanism, and Huxley ‘Eastern pantheism’.Three Great Men Died That Day: JFK, C.S. Lewis, and Aldous Huxley
November 3, 2013
The passage from pantheism to epicureanism is not a long one.Mystics and Saints of Islam
And yet he obviates Pantheism by declaring that God is a principle not an element.A History of Mediaeval Jewish Philosophy
I think myself that it is easy to make too much of Goethe's Pantheism.Visions and Revisions
John Cowper Powys
The Stoic system of physics was materialism with an infusion of pantheism.Meditations
It is closely allied to Pantheism and the fate of the Stoics.
- the doctrine that God is the transcendent reality of which man, nature, and the material universe are manifestations
- any doctrine that regards God as identical with the material universe or the forces of nature
- readiness to worship all or a large number of gods
Word Origin and History for pantheism
Toland's word was borrowed into French, which from it formed panthéisme (1712) which returned to English as pantheism "the doctrine that all is god" in 1732 (no evidence that Toland used pantheism).
Greek pantheios meant "common to all gods" (see pantheon). Other words used at various times for similar notions include panentheism, "philosophy founded on the notion that all things are in God" (1874), from German (1828), coined by Karl Christian Friedrich Krause (1781-1832).
The belief that God, or a group of gods, is identical with the whole natural world; pantheism comes from Greek roots meaning “belief that everything is a god.”