“Human presence is a creative and turbulent sacrament, a visible sign of invisible grace”. John O'Donohue

Sunday, 12 August 2012

Panentheism

I was introduced this week to a term I hadn't encountered before ( although really I feel I should have)

Panentheism

Whilst I am generally an avoider of labels, when I speak to people about my beliefs and world view, it can be useful to have the odd ism to explain what I can only begin to describe. I have of course encountered the term Pantheism and to date, I have tended to use this term to loosely describe my idea of creation as a manifestation of Divine/source energy. But I have never quite felt that it entirely fits. Which is why I am surpised I haven't encountered the notion of Panenthesim before.

Basically - and this is me just getting my head round it - Panentheism is the acceptance that God/the divine/source energy) exists within everything ( The earth, Cosmos, Universe) so far like Pantheism. BUT, unlike Pantheism, it accepts that God/the Divine/source energy exists as a creative force separate from creation. Much food for thought this week.

This from Wikipedia
"Panentheism (from Greek πᾶν (pân) "all"; ἐν (en) "in"; and θεός (theós) "God"; "all-in-God") is a belief system which posits that the divine exists (be it a monotheistic God, polytheistic gods, or an eternal cosmic animating force), interpenetrates every part of nature and timelessly extends beyond it. Panentheism differentiates itself from pantheism, which holds that the divine is synonymous with the universe."



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