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Pantheism
12-13-2009, 03:47 AM
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Pantheism
I've heard alot about a supposed branch off of atheism called pantheism, I've started doing some research but I'd like to know if anyone here has heard of it and knows much about it. Much appreciated

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12-13-2009, 09:12 AM
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RE: Pantheism
Pantheism and atheism are two very separate things. Pantheism is the belief that god exists in everything and all of us. Atheism is the belief that god doesn't exist.

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12-13-2009, 10:01 AM
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RE: Pantheism
Pantheism is not a form of atheism, the associastion probably comes from the fact that most atheists find the idea of pantheism most likely as a second option. In fact, most people who call themselves atheists are in fact agnostic atheists, meaning they do not know, but lean to atheism as the most likely. Myself included. Pantheism is a belief that God is part of averything and is everythign, easier to understand as a more abstarct idea. Pantheism (for most people who give themselves that seperate identity rather than art of a religion) is not about a personal God that answers our prayers and gets involved in our lives, but more that God is nature.

Of course, as with anything there are different ideas within it. There are some who believe the force is involved in our lives like a peronsal God, others do not think so. I am of the belief that if this pantheistic "God" is real, then it is simply a name for forces in nature and natural laws. As well as this, many other religions, such as Hinduism could be described as pantheistic. But they are of the group that consider a more personal pantheistic God. Most people who avoid more sepcific religious lables and just say "Pantheist" usually think in a way less orianted by a personal God.

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12-13-2009, 03:50 PM
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RE: Pantheism
ok, thanks for the help all Big Grin

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12-13-2009, 04:40 PM (This post was last modified: 12-13-2009 04:41 PM by Skippy the Punk.)
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RE: Pantheism
(12-13-2009 03:47 AM)Voidus Wrote:  I've heard alot about a supposed branch off of atheism called pantheism, I've started doing some research but I'd like to know if anyone here has heard of it and knows much about it. Much appreciated

Pantheism also known as Pan psychism. Refers to the fact that all matter has life. Divine pulsation. Matter appears and disappears 27 times per second. You can use it to rock the biblical canoe.
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12-28-2009, 12:13 AM (This post was last modified: 12-28-2009 12:21 AM by philosoph.)
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RE: Pantheism
Atheism and Pantheism are not neccesarily exclusive the way i see it. I do not believe in a god, yet i see the universe as a massive organism of which we are all a part of. This organism has a divine quality to it that is not deserving of worship, but worthy of deep reverence and contemplation. I see the organism of the universe not as a god in the traditional sense, but as a complex web of conciousness, of which all matter is a part of. In this way I am both a pantheist and and an atheist.
To clarify what I am trying to say in my previous post; the conciousness of all matter that i am talking about is like the Force in Star Wars.

I would qoute Obi Wan Kenobi: "It surrounds us, penetrates us, binds the universe together."

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