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Pantheist Theory

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Pantheist beliefs
by Paul Harrison.                                                       

Pantheist beliefs are above all statements of an emotional response
of reverence and belonging to Nature and the wider Universe
in all their power, beauty and mystery.

 

 

Pantheism is above all a profoundly emotional response to Nature and the wider Universe. It accepts that these are the only reality that we can truly know, the only reality that truly matters, the only reality we have to relate to. They are the place we arose, the place we belong, the context of our daily lives. We are at home here.

That emotional response has two primary elements. One is a sense of awe, wonder, reverence and acceptance of the natural universe, based on its power and beauty and mystery. This sense is the basis for some pantheists' use of words such as "god" "divine," though these words are never used in their traditional Western theistic sense. However, many pantheists prefer to avoid theistic words because of the ambiguity they give rise to.

The other is a sense of belonging, of community with the starry skies, with all living beings and with our own bodies. This sense is the basis for statements about the unity of all things, and about the unity of the individual with the whole. It is the basis on which pantheists can talk about and experience union with the whole, similar to the ecstatic experiences of mystics in all spiritual traditions.

Within these shared approaches, some pantheists believe in a supernatural side of the universe and a separate spiritual substance of humans. However, natural/scientific pantheists comfortably and enthusiasically accept and celebrate our fundamentally physical being. We believe that  our minds are expressions of our bodies, and that everything that exists is part of nature.

Basics

The World Pantheist Movement belief statement: what scientific pantheists believe
Why I am a pantheist: statement from WPM members
Basic principles of Natural Pantheism
Pantheism FAQs: panentheism, paganism, atheism, free will etc
Definitions of pantheism from leading dictionaries and encyclopedias

Pantheist affirmation of life, body and universe.
Science and Natural Pantheism

Debates: discussions from the mail group.
Why organize?
How you can help to spread Natural Pantheism.

Principles

The self-existent cosmos: cause and purpose
The self-organizing cosmos: design and order
Matter and Mystery: materialism versus idealism
Unity and diversity: the Many and the One
Gaia: Unity of life on Earth

Cosmos as "God": how the Universe alone embodies the "divine attributes"
Human response: mystery, awe and wonder  
Creative  reality: the unrecognized attributes - flux and chaos

 

Related movements

Atheism and pantheism: the religious atheists
Pantheism and paganism: a symbiosis

Polemics

God and society: the imaginary "divine attributes" of justice and love
The Afterlife: promises and problems
The perils of faith: abandoning reason
Ethics and God: the shakiest foundation
The Bible and the Environment: from dominion to destruction


Poetics

The fire codes: poetic expression of natural pantheism