- 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 pantheistic
Wicca is a naturalistic religion whose followers generally worship a pantheistic Godhead and practice magic.Witches Blast O'Donnell
September 20, 2010
A pantheistic Force is the only ruler, and whatever is, is right.A Tour of the Missions
Augustus Hopkins Strong
Milton is the least mystical, the least pantheistic, the least monistic, of all writers.Visions and Revisions
John Cowper Powys
His own religion certainly had a mystical and pantheistic tendency.Four Plays of Gil Vicente
Platonism is pantheistic in that nature is resolved into God.The Approach to Philosophy
Ralph Barton Perry
Dr. Martin, of China, has well styled it "a pantheistic medley."The Gist of Japan
R. B. Peery
- 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 pantheistic
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.”