- 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 pantheist
Nothing could be more absurd than to call Shelley a Pantheist.Shelley, Godwin and Their Circle
H. N. Brailsford
Judithe is pantheist enough to fancy that animals have souls.The Bondwoman
Marah Ellis Ryan
As poet and artist I am polytheist; as a student of Nature I am pantheist.The Faust-Legend and Goethe's 'Faust'
H. B. Cotterill
Only as such can any pantheist pretend to impose morality as law.
But such expressions on the lips of a pantheist are utterly illusive.
- 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 pantheist
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.”