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This page represents the views of the author, not of the World Pantheist Movement as a whole.
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.
BasicsThe 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.
How you can help to spread Natural Pantheism.
PrinciplesThe 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
Related movementsAtheism and pantheism: the religious atheists
Pantheism and paganism: a symbiosis
PolemicsGod 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
The Finest of Religion, Science,
Nature and Philosophy Bookstore