Terminology: Pantheism


“Pantheism” comes from two Greek words, παν “Pan,” meaning all (pl.) and θεος ‘theos,” meaning god. So, Pantheism is a system of belief or metaphysical position that identifies God with universe and its phenomena that is conceived of as a whole. God and the world are identical to each other or the universe is the manifestation of God. Basically it teaches that (1) God is everything and vice versa. (2) All the entities (living and non-living) that exist in the universe are all one and the same, and they are part of God. This “unity” is divine. (3) Thus, every existing entity is only one Being; and whatever other forms there are out there in the universe is either modes i.e. appearance of the one Being or identical with it.[1] So, there is no clear distinction between creator and creation.

Since, all are identical to god and all are god, then we also are gods with same nature and essence. There is no personal, creator God, as it is in the Bible (Genesis 1:1-30).

Footnote:


[1] H.P. Owen, Concepts of Deity. (London: Macmillan, 1971), Print.


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