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What is panentheism?

Asked by Pardeep kapoor, 05 Aug '09 02:07 am
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The term panentheism is Greek for "all-in-God," pan-en-theos. A panentheistic belief system is one which posits a god that interpenetrates every part of nature, but is nevertheless fully distinct from nature. So this god is part of nature, but still retains an independent identity.
Panentheism is essentially a combination of theism (God is the supreme being) and pantheism (God is everything). While pantheism says that God and the universe are coextensive, panentheism claims the God is greater than the universe and that the universe is contained within God. Panentheism holds that God is the supreme effect of the universe. God is everything in the universe, but God also is greater the universe. Events and changes in the universe effect and change God. As the universe grows and learns, God also increases in knowledge and being.
The term panentheism appears to have been originally used by Karl Christian Friedrich Krause (1781-1832), although aspects of it can be traced all of the way ba ...more
Answered by DR DINESH SHARMA, 05 Aug '09 01:39 pm

 
  
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The word penentheism goes back to 1828 though it gained popularity in the second half of 20th century through process thought of Alfred North Whitehead, and the Christian theologian Mathew Fox and others, Theistically, panentheism doiffers from pantheism in that, acording to pantheism, God is all things , whereas, according to panentheism, God is in all things, One description of panentheism is that God has the same relationship to the world as the soul has to the body, Panentheism serves as a venerable current in Hinduism in that the Qualified Monistic Vedanta of the great Hindu theologian Ramanuja is panentheism through and through, In short, pantheism holds that God is synonymopus with the material universe where as panentheism posits that God exists and interpenetrates every part of nature and beond ,
Answered by thampy chacko, 05 Aug '09 11:04 am

 
  
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