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{{Distinguish|Panentheism}}{{Use dmy dates|date=May 2015}}{{God |isms}}{{Spirituality sidebar}}{{Irreligion Sidebar|expanded=nontheism}}Pantheism is the belief that reality is identical with divinity,BOOK, The New Oxford Dictionary Of English, Clarendon Press, 1998, Oxford, 1341, 978-0-19-861263-6, or that all-things compose an all-encompassing, immanent god.BOOK, Encyclopedia of Philosophy ed. Paul Edwards, Macmillan and Free Press, 1967, New York, 34, Pantheist belief does not recognize a distinct personal godA Companion to Philosophy of Religion edited by Charles Taliaferro, Paul Draper, Philip L. Quinn, p.340 "They deny that God is "totally other" than the world or ontologically distinct from it.", anthropomorphic or otherwise, and instead characterizes a broad range of doctrines differing in forms of relationships between reality and divinity. Pantheistic concepts date back thousands of years, and pantheistic elements have been identified in various religious traditions. The term "pantheism" was coined by mathematician Joseph Raphson in 1697 and has since been used to describe the beliefs of a variety of people and organizations.Pantheism was popularized in Western culture as a theology and philosophy based on the work of the 17th-century philosopher Baruch Spinoza, particularly his book Ethics.Genevieve Lloyd, Routledge Philosophy GuideBook to Spinoza and The Ethics (Routledge Philosophy Guidebooks), Routledge; 1 edition (2 October 1996), {{ISBN|978-0-415-10782-2}}, Page: 24 A pantheistic stance was also taken in the 16th century by philosopher and cosmologist Giordano Bruno.Birx, Jams H.. "Giordano Bruno" The Harbinger, Mobile, AL, 11 November 1997. "Bruno was burned to death at the stake for his pantheistic stance and cosmic perspective."


Pantheism derives from the Greek πᾶν pan (meaning "all, of everything") and θεός theos (meaning "god, divine"). The first known combination of these roots appears in Latin, in Joseph Raphson's 1697 book De Spatio Reali seu Ente Infinito, where he refers to the "pantheismus" of Spinoza and others.BOOK, Taylor, Bron, Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature, 2008, A&C Black, 978-1441122780, 1341–1342,weblink 27 July 2017, It was subsequently translated into English as "pantheism" in 1702.


There are a variety of definitions of pantheism. Some consider it a theological and philosophical position concerning God.BOOK, Picton, James Allanson, Pantheism: its story and significance, 1905, Archibald Constable & CO LTD., Chicago, 978-1419140082,weblink {{rp|p.8}}Pantheism is the view that everything is part of an all-encompassing, immanent God.WEB, Mastin, Luke, Pantheism - By Branch / Doctrine - The Basics of Philosophy,weblink, All forms of reality may then be considered either modes of that Being, or identical with it.Owen, H. P. Concepts of Deity. London: Macmillan, 1971, p. 65.. Some hold that pantheism is a non-religious philosophical position. To them, pantheism is the view that the Universe (in the sense of the totality of all existence) and God are identical (implying a denial of the personality and transcendence of God).BOOK, The New Oxford Dictionary Of English, Clarendon Press, 1998, Oxford, 1341, 978-0-19-861263-6,


Pre-modern times

Early traces of pantheist thought can be found within the theology of the ancient Greek religion of Orphism, where pan (the all) is made cognate with the creator God Phanes (symbolizing the universe),Damascius, referring to the theology delivered by Hieronymus and Hellanicus in WEB,weblink The Theogonies,, :"... the theology now under discussion celebrates as Protogonus (First-born) [Phanes], and calls him Dis, as the disposer of all things, and the whole world: upon that account he is also denominated Pan." and with Zeus, after the swallowing of Phanes.Betegh, Gábor, The Derveni Papyrus, Cambridge University Press, 2004, pp. 176-178 {{ISBN|978-0-521-80108-9}}Pantheistic tendencies existed in a number of early Gnostic groups, with pantheistic thought appearing throughout the Middle Ages. These included a section of Johannes Scotus Eriugena's 9th-century work De divisione naturae and the beliefs of mystics such as Amalric of Bena (11th12th centuries) and Eckhart (12th13th).{{rp|pp. 620–621}}The Catholic Church has long regarded pantheistic ideas as heresy.Collinge, William, Historical Dictionary of Catholicism, Scarecrow Press, 2012, p 188, {{ISBN|9780810879799}}.WEB,weblink What is pantheism?,, bot: unknown,weblink 1 August 2017, dmy-all, Giordano Bruno, an Italian monk who evangelized about an immanent and infinite God, was burned at the stake in 1600 by the Roman Inquisition. He has since become known as a celebrated pantheist and martyr of science,McIntyre, James Lewis, Giordano Bruno, Macmillan, 1903, p 316. and an influence on many later thinkers.

Baruch Spinoza

(File:Spinoza.jpg|thumb|160px|The philosophy of Baruch Spinoza is often regarded as pantheism.*Fraser, Alexander Campbell "Philosophy of Theism", William Blackwood and Sons, 1895, p 163.)In the West, pantheism was formalized as a separate theology and philosophy based on the work of the 17th-century philosopher Baruch Spinoza.{{rp|p.7}} Spinoza was a Dutch philosopher of Portuguese descent raised in the Sephardi Jewish community in Amsterdam.NEWS, Anthony Gottlieb, God Exists, Philosophically (review of "Spinoza: A Life" by Steven Nadler), The New York Times, Books. 18 July 1999,weblink 7 September 2009, He developed highly controversial ideas regarding the authenticity of the Hebrew Bible and the nature of the Divine, and was effectively excluded from Jewish society at age 23, when the local synagogue issued a herem against him.WEB,weblink Why Spinoza Was Excommunicated, 2015-09-01, National Endowment for the Humanities, en, 2017-09-05, A number of his books were published posthumously, and shortly thereafter included in the Catholic Church's Index of Forbidden Books. The breadth and importance of Spinoza's work would not be realized for many years - as the groundwork for the 18th-century EnlightenmentNEWS, The Spinoza Problem, Irvin, Yalom, The Washington Post, 21 February 2012,weblink 7 March 2013, yes,weblink" title="">weblink 12 November 2013, dmy-all, and modern biblical criticism,Yovel, Yirmiyahu, Spinoza and Other Heretics: The Adventures of Immanence (Princeton University Press, 1992), p. 3 including modern conceptions of the self and the universe.NEWS, Destroyer and Builder, The New Republic, 3 May 2012,weblink 7 March 2013, In the posthumous Ethics, "Spinoza wrote the last indisputable Latin masterpiece, and one in which the refined conceptions of medieval philosophy are finally turned against themselves and destroyed entirely.".Scruton 1986 (2002 ed.), ch. 1, p.32. In particular, he opposed René Descartes' famous mind–body dualism, the theory that the body and spirit are separate. Spinoza held the monist view that the two are the same, and monism is a fundamental part of his philosophy. He was described as a "God-intoxicated man," and used the word God to describe the unity of all substance.BOOK, Plumptre, Constance, General sketch of the history of pantheism, Volume 2, 1879, Samuel Deacon and Co, London, 9780766155022, 3–5, 8, 29, This view influenced philosophers such as Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, who said, "You are either a Spinozist or not a philosopher at all."BOOK,weblink Hegel's History of Philosophy, Google Books, 2 May 2011,weblink 13 May 2011, no, 9780791455432, 2003, Spinoza earned praise as one of the great rationalists of 17th-century philosophyScruton 1986 (2002 ed.), ch. 2, p.26 and one of Western philosophy's most important thinkers.BOOK, Gilles Deleuze, Expressionism in Philosophy: Spinoza, 1990, Zone Books, (translator's preface), Referred to as "the prince" of the philosophers. Although the term "pantheism" was not coined until after his death, he is regarded as the most celebrated advocate of the concept.BOOK, Shoham, Schlomo Giora, To Test the Limits of Our Endurance, 2010, Cambridge Scholars, 978-1443820684, 111, Ethics was the major source from which Western pantheism spread.Heinrich Heine, in his Concerning the History of Religion and Philosophy in Germany (1833–36), remarked that "I don't remember now where I read that Herder once exploded peevishly at the constant preoccupation with Spinoza, "If Goethe would only for once pick up some other Latin book than Spinoza!" But this applies not only to Goethe; quite a number of his friends, who later became more or less well-known as poets, paid homage to pantheism in their youth, and this doctrine flourished actively in German art before it attained supremacy among us as a philosophic theory."In their The Holy Family (1844) Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels notes, "Spinozism dominated the eighteenth century both in its later French variety, which made matter into substance, and in deism, which conferred on matter a more spiritual name.... Spinoza's French school and the supporters of deism were but two sects disputing over the true meaning of his system...."In George Henry Lewes's words (1846), "Pantheism is as old as philosophy. It was taught in the old Greek schools — by Plato, by St. Augustine, and by the Jews. Indeed, one may say that Pantheism, under one of its various shapes, is the necessary consequence of all metaphysical inquiry, when pushed to its logical limits; and from this reason do we find it in every age and nation. The dreamy contemplative Indian, the quick versatile Greek, the practical Roman, the quibbling Scholastic, the ardent Italian, the lively Frenchman, and the bold Englishman, have all pronounced it as the final truth of philosophy. Wherein consists Spinoza's originality? — what is his merit? — are natural questions, when we see him only lead to the same result as others had before proclaimed. His merit and originality consist in the systematic exposition and development of that doctrine — in his hands, for the first time, it assumes the aspect of a science. The Greek and Indian Pantheism is a vague fanciful doctrine, carrying with it no scientific conviction; it may be true — it looks true — but the proof is wanting. But with Spinoza there is no choice: if you understand his terms, admit the possibility of his science, and seize his meaning; you can no more doubt his conclusions than you can doubt Euclid; no mere opinion is possible, conviction only is possible."Lewes, George Henry: A Biographical History of Philosophy, Volumes III & IV. (London: C. Knight & Company, 1846)S. M. Melamed (1933) noted, "It may be observed, however, that Spinoza was not the first prominent monist and pantheist in modern Europe. A generation before him Bruno conveyed a similar message to humanity. Yet Bruno is merely a beautiful episode in the history of the human mind, while Spinoza is one of its most potent forces. Bruno was a rhapsodist and a poet, who was overwhelmed with artistic emotions; Spinoza, however, was spiritus purus and in his method the prototype of the philosopher."Melamed, S. M.: Spinoza and Buddha: Visions of a Dead God. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1933)

18th century

The first known use of the term "pantheism" was in Latin ("pantheismus" ) by the English mathematician Joseph Raphson in his work De Spatio Reali seu Ente Infinito, published in 1697.Ann Thomson; Bodies of Thought: Science, Religion, and the Soul in the Early Enlightenment, 2008, page 54. Raphson begins with a distinction between atheistic "panhylists" (from the Greek roots (wikt:pan-|pan), "all", and (wikt:hyle|hyle), "matter"), who believe everything is matter, and Spinozan "pantheists" who believe in "a certain universal substance, material as well as intelligence, that fashions all things that exist out of its own essence."BOOK, Raphson, Joseph, De spatio reali, 1697, Londini, 2, Latin, WEB, Suttle, Gary, Joseph Raphson: 1648–1715,weblink Pantheist Association for Nature, 7 September 2012, Raphson thought that the universe was immeasurable in respect to a human's capacity of understanding, and believed that humans would never be able to comprehend it.BOOK, Koyré, Alexander, From the Closed World to the Infinite Universe, 1957, Johns Hopkins Press, Baltimore, Md., 978-0801803475, 190–204,weblink He referred to the pantheism of the Ancient Egyptians, Persians, Syrians, Assyrians, Greek, Indians, and Jewish Kabbalists, specifically referring to Spinoza.BOOK, Bennet, T, The History of the Works of the Learned, 1702, H.Rhodes, 498,weblink 28 July 2017, The term was first used in English by a translation of Raphson's work in 1702. It was later used and popularized by Irish writer John Toland in his work of 1705 Socinianism Truly Stated, by a pantheist.BOOK, Dabundo, Laura, Encyclopedia of Romanticism (Routledge Revivals):, 2009, Routledge, 978-1135232351, 442–443,weblink 27 July 2017, {{rp|pp. 617–618}} Toland was influenced by both Spinoza and Bruno, and had read Joseph Raphson's De Spatio Reali, referring to it as "the ingenious Mr. Ralphson's (sic) Book of Real Space".Daniel, Stephen H. "Toland's Semantic Pantheism," in John Toland's Christianity not Mysterious, Text, Associated Works and Critical Essays. Edited by Philip McGuinness, Alan Harrison, and Richard Kearney. Dublin, Ireland: The Lilliput Press, 1997. Like Raphson, he used the terms "pantheist" and "Spinozist" interchangeably.R.E. Sullivan, "John Toland and the Deist controversy: A Study in Adaptations", Harvard University Press, 1982, p. 193 In 1720 he wrote the Pantheisticon: or The Form of Celebrating the Socratic-Society in Latin, envisioning a pantheist society that believed, "All things in the world are one, and one is all in all things ... what is all in all things is God, eternal and immense, neither born nor ever to perish."WEB, Harrison, Paul, Toland: The father of modern pantheism,weblink Pantheist History, World Pantheist Movement, 5 September 2012, Toland, John, Pantheisticon, 1720; reprint of the 1751 edition, New York and London: Garland, 1976, p 54 He clarified his idea of pantheism in a letter to Gottfried Leibniz in 1710 when he referred to "the pantheistic opinion of those who believe in no other eternal being but the universe".Paul Harrison, Elements of Pantheism, 1999.Honderich, Ted, The Oxford Companion to Philosophy, Oxford University Press, 1995, p.641: "First used by John Toland in 1705, the term 'pantheist' designates one who holds both that everything there is constitutes a unity and that this unity is divine."Thompson, Ann, Bodies of Thought: Science, Religion, and the Soul in the Early Enlightenment, Oxford University Press, 2008, p 133, {{ISBN|9780199236190}}In the mid-eighteenth century, the English theologian Daniel Waterland defined pantheism this way: "It supposes God and nature, or God and the whole universe, to be one and the same substance—one universal being; insomuch that men's souls are only modifications of the divine substance."Worman, J. H., "Pantheism", in Cyclopædia of Biblical, Theological, and Ecclesiastical Literature, Volume 1, John McClintock, James Strong (Eds), Harper & Brothers, 1896, pp 616–624.Worman cites Waterland, Works, viii, p 81. In the early nineteenth century, the German theologian Julius Wegscheider defined pantheism as the belief that God and the world established by God are one and the same.Worman cites Wegscheider, Inst 57, p 250.

Pantheism controversy

Between 1785–89, a major controversy about Spinoza's philosophy arose between the German philosophers Friedrich Heinrich Jacobi (a critic) and Moses Mendelssohn (a defender). Known in German as the Pantheismusstreit (pantheism controversy), it helped spread pantheism to many German thinkers.Friedrich Heinrich Jacobi, in Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy ( 1780 conversation with the German dramatist Gotthold Ephraim Lessing led Jacobi to a protracted study of Spinoza's works. Lessing stated that he knew no other philosophy than Spinozism.Jacobi's Über die Lehre des Spinozas (1st ed. 1785, 2nd ed. 1789) expressed his strenuous objection to a dogmatic system in philosophy, and drew upon him the enmity of the Berlin group, led by Mendelssohn. Jacobi claimed that Spinoza's doctrine was pure materialism, because all Nature and God are said to be nothing but extended substance. This, for Jacobi, was the result of Enlightenment rationalism and it would finally end in absolute atheism. Mendelssohn disagreed with Jacobi, saying that pantheism shares more characteristics of theism than of atheism. The entire issue became a major intellectual and religious concern for European civilization at the time.WEB, Dahlstrom, Moses Mendelssohn,weblink Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, 28 July 2017, 3 Dec 2002, Willi Goetschel argues that Jacobi's publication significantly shaped Spinoza's wide reception for centuries following its publication, obscuring the nuance of Spinoza's philosophic work.BOOK, Goetschel, Willi, Spinoza's Modernity: Mendelssohn, Lessing, and Heine, 2004, University of Wisconsin Press, Madison, Wisconsin, 978-0299190804, 12–13, Goetschel2004,

19th century

Growing influence

During the beginning of the 19th century, pantheism was the viewpoint of many leading writers and philosophers, attracting figures such as William Wordsworth and Samuel Coleridge in Britain; Johann Gottlieb Fichte, Schelling and Hegel in Germany; Knut Hamsun in Norway; and Walt Whitman, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau in the United States. Seen as a growing threat by the Vatican, in 1864 it was formally condemned by Pope Pius IX in the Syllabus of Errors.WEB, Pope BI. Pius IX, Syllabus of Errors 1.1,weblink Papal Encyclicals Online, 28 July 2017, 9 June 1862, A letter written by William Herndon, Abraham Lincoln's law partner in 1886, was sold at auction for US$30,000 in 2011.WEB, Sold – Herndon's Revelations on Lincoln's Religion,weblink Raab Collection, 5 June 2012, William, Herndon, Excerpt and review, 4 February 1866, In it, Herndon writes of the U.S. President's evolving religious views, which included pantheism.}}The subject is understandably controversial, but the content of the letter is consistent with Lincoln's fairly lukewarm approach to organized religion.

Comparison with non-Christian religions

Some 19th-century theologians thought that various pre-Christian religions and philosophies were pantheistic. They thought Pantheism was similar to the ancient Hindu{{rp|pp. 618}} philosophy of Advaita (non-dualism) to the extent that the 19th-century German Sanskritist Theodore Goldstücker remarked that Spinoza's thought was "... a western system of philosophy which occupies a foremost rank amongst the philosophies of all nations and ages, and which is so exact a representation of the ideas of the Vedanta, that we might have suspected its founder to have borrowed the fundamental principles of his system from the Hindus."Literary Remains of the Late Professor Theodore Goldstucker, W. H. Allen, 1879. p32.19th-century European theologians also considered Ancient Egyptian religion to contain pantheistic elements and pointed to Egyptian philosophy as a source of Greek Pantheism.{{rp|pp. 618–620}} The latter included some of the Presocratics, such as Heraclitus and Anaximander.Thilly, Frank, "Pantheism", in Encyclopedia of Religion and Ethics, Part 18, Hastings, James (Ed.), Kessinger Publishing, 2003 (reprint, originally published 1908), p 614, {{ISBN|9780766136953}}. The Stoics were pantheists, beginning with Zeno of Citium and culminating in the emperor-philosopher Marcus Aurelius. During the pre-Christian Roman Empire, Stoicism was one of the three dominant schools of philosophy, along with Epicureanism and Neoplatonism.BOOK, Armstrong, AH, The Cambridge History of Later Greek and Early Medieval Philosophy, 1967, Cambridge University Press, 978052104-0549, 57, 60, 161, 186, 222, BOOK, McLynn, Frank, Marcus Aurelius: A Life, 2010, Da Capo Press, 9780306819162, 232, The early Taoism of Laozi and Zhuangzi is also sometimes considered pantheistic, although it could be more similar to Panentheism.Cheondoism, which arose in the Joseon Dynasty of Korea, and Won Buddhism are also considered pantheistic.

20th century

In a letter written to Eduard Büsching (25 October 1929), after Büsching sent Albert Einstein a copy of his book Es gibt keinen Gott ("There is no God"), Einstein wrote, "We followers of Spinoza see our God in the wonderful order and lawfulness of all that exists and in its soul [Beseeltheit] as it reveals itself in man and animal."Jammer (2011), Einstein and Religion: Physics and Theology, Princeton University Press, p.51; original at Einstein Archive, reel 33-275 According to Einstein, the book only dealt with the concept of a personal god and not the impersonal God of pantheism. In a letter written in 1954 to philosopher Eric Gutkind, Einstein wrote "the word God is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses."Richard Dawkins Foundation, ''Der Einstein-Gutkind Brief - Mit Transkript und Englischer Übersetzung In another letter written in 1954 he wrote "I do not believe in a personal God and I have never denied this but have expressed it clearly.".WEB, Belief in God a 'product of human weaknesses': Einstein letter, CBC Canada, 13 May 2008,weblink 31 August 2011, In the late 20th century, some declared that pantheism was an underlying theology of Neopaganism,Margot Adler, Drawing Down the Moon, Beacon Press, 1986. and pantheists began forming organizations devoted specifically to pantheism and treating it as a separate religion.File:LuminariesofPantheism.jpg|thumb|left|Levi Ponce's Luminaries of Pantheism in Venice, California for The Paradise ProjectThe Paradise Project

21st century

(File:Einstein 1921 portrait2.jpg|thumb|160px|Albert Einstein is considered a pantheist by some commentators.)In 2007, Dorion Sagan, the son of famous scientist and science communicator, Carl Sagan, published a book entitled Dazzle Gradually: Reflections on the Nature of Nature co-written with his mother, Lynn Margulis. In a chapter entitled, "Truth of My Father", he declares: "My father believed in the God of Spinoza and Einstein, God not behind nature, but as nature, equivalent to it."Sagan, Dorion, "Dazzle Gradually: Reflections on the Nature of Nature" 2007, p 14.Pantheism is mentioned in a Papal encyclical in 2009Caritas In Veritate, 7 July 2009. and a statement on New Year's Day in 2010,WEB, Message of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI For The Celebration Of The World Day Of Peace,weblink criticizing pantheism for denying the superiority of humans over nature and seeing the source of man{{'s}} salvation in nature. In a review of the 2009 film Avatar, Ross Douthat, an author, described pantheism as "Hollywood's religion of choice for a generation now".Heaven and Nature, Ross Douthat, New York Times, 20 December 2009In 2015, Los Angeles muralist Levi Ponce was commissioned to paint the 75-foot mural Luminaries of Pantheism on Ocean Front Walk in Venice, Los Angeles, California.WEB,weblink "Luminaries of Pantheism" (2015) by Levi Ponce - PUBLIC ART IN PUBLIC PLACES,, 2018-02-13, The organization that commissioned the work, The Paradise Project, is "dedicated to celebrating and spreading awareness about pantheism."WEB, Rod, Perry, About the Paradise Project,weblink The Paradise Project, 21 June 2017, The mural depicts Albert Einstein, Alan Watts, Baruch Spinoza, Terence McKenna, Carl Jung, Carl Sagan, Emily Dickinson, Nikola Tesla, Friedrich Nietzsche, Ralph Waldo Emerson, W.E.B. Du Bois, Henry David Thoreau, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Rumi, Adi Shankara, and Laozi.WEB, New mural in Venice! "Luminaries of Pantheism", Venice Paparazzi, 14 January 2015,weblink 19 October 2015,


There are multiple varieties of pantheismWEB, Levine, Michael, Pantheism,weblink The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, {{rp|3}} and various systems of classifying them relying upon one or more spectra or in discrete categories.

Degree of determinism

The philosopher Charles Hartshorne used the term Classical Pantheism to describe the deterministic philosophies of Baruch Spinoza, the Stoics, and other like-minded figures.BOOK, Philosophers Speak of God, 1953, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 165–210, Charles Hartshorne and William Reese, Pantheism (All-is-God) is often associated with monism (All-is-One) and some have suggested that it logically implies determinism (All-is-Now).BOOK, Goldsmith, Donald, E = Einstein: His Life, His Thought, and His Influence on Our Culture, 2006, Stirling Publishing, New York, 187,weblink Marcia Bartusiak, 9781402763199, F.C. Copleston, "Pantheism in Spinoza and the German Idealists," Philosophy 21, 1946, p. 48Literary and Philosophical Society of Liverpool, "Proceedings of the Liverpool Literary & Philosophical Society, Volumes 43–44", 1889, p 285John Ferguson, "The Religions of the Roman Empire", Cornell University Press, 1970, p 193 Albert Einstein explained theological determinism by stating,BOOK, Isaacson, Walter, Einstein: His Life and Universe, 2007, Simon and Schuster,weblink 391, I am a determinist., 9781416539322, "the past, present, and future are an 'illusion'". This form of pantheism has been referred to as "extreme monism", in which{{spaced ndash}} in the words of one commentator{{spaced ndash}} "God decides or determines everything, including our supposed decisions."BOOK, Encyclopedia of Religion: Volume 10, 2005, MacMillan, USA, 978-0028657332, 2nd, Lindsay Jones,weblink Other examples of determinism-inclined pantheisms include those of Ralph Waldo Emerson,Dependence and Freedom: The Moral Thought of Horace Bushnell By David Wayne Haddorff weblink Emerson's belief was "monistic determinism".
  • Creatures of Prometheus: Gender and the Politics of Technology By Timothy Vance Kaufman-Osborn, Prometheus ((Writer)) weblink "Things are in a saddle, and ride mankind."
  • Emerson's position is "soft determinism" (a variant of determinism) weblink
  • "The 'fate' Emerson identifies is an underlying determinism." (Fate is one of Emerson's essays) weblink and Hegel."Hegel was a determinist" (also called a combatibilist a.k.a. soft determinist) weblink
  • "Hegel and Marx are usually cited as the greatest proponents of historical determinism" weblink
However, some have argued against treating every meaning of "unity" as an aspect of pantheism,JOURNAL, Levine, Michael P., Pantheism, substance and unity, International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, August 1992, 32, 1, 1–23, 40036697, 10.1007/bf01313557, and there exist versions of pantheism that regard determinism as an inaccurate or incomplete view of nature. Examples include the beliefs of Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling and William James.* Theories of the will in the history of philosophy By Archibald Alexander p 307 Schelling holds "...that the will is not determined but self-determined." weblink
  • The Dynamic Individualism of William James by James O. Pawelski p 17 "[His] fight against determinism" "My first act of free will shall be to believe in free will." weblink

Degree of belief

It may also be possible to distinguish two types of pantheism, one being more religious and the other being more philosophical. The Columbia Encyclopedia writes of the distinction:
"If the pantheist starts with the belief that the one great reality, eternal and infinite, is God, he sees everything finite and temporal as but some part of God. There is nothing separate or distinct from God, for God is the universe. If, on the other hand, the conception taken as the foundation of the system is that the great inclusive unity is the world itself, or the universe, God is swallowed up in that unity, which may be designated nature."WEB, Pantheism,weblink The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition, Columbia University Press, 13 June 2012, 2012,

Form of monism

(File:Dualism-vs-Monism.png|thumb|right|A diagram with neutral monism compared to Cartesian dualism, physicalism and idealism.)Philosophers and theologians have often suggested that pantheism implies monism.Owen, H. P. Concepts of Deity. London: Macmillan, 1971, p. 67. Different types of monism include:{{sfn|Urmson|1991|p=297}}Schaffer, Jonathan, Monism: The Priority of the Whole,weblink
  1. Substance monism, "the view that the apparent plurality of substances is due to different states or appearances of a single substance"{{sfn|Urmson|1991|p=297}}
  2. Attributive monism, "the view that whatever the number of substances, they are of a single ultimate kind"{{sfn|Urmson|1991|p=297}}
  3. Partial monism, "within a given realm of being (however many there may be) there is only one substance"{{sfn|Urmson|1991|p=297}}
  4. Existence monism, the view that there is only one concrete object token (The One, "Τὸ Ἕν" or the Monad).Schaffer, Jonathan, "Monism", The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Summer 2015 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.), URL=
  5. Priority monism, "the whole is prior to its parts" or "the world has parts, but the parts are dependent fragments of an integrated whole."
  6. Property monism: the view that all properties are of a single type (e.g. only physical properties exist)
  7. Genus monism: "the doctrine that there is a highest category; e.g., being"
Views contrasting with monism are:
  • Metaphysical dualism, which asserts that there are two ultimately irreconcilable substances or realities such as Good and Evil, for example, Manichaeism,{{sfn|Brugger|1972}}
  • Metaphysical pluralism, which asserts three or more fundamental substances or realities.{{sfn|Brugger|1972}}
  • Nihilism, negates any of the above categories (substances, properties, concrete objects, etc.).
Monism in modern philosophy of mind can be divided into three broad categories:
  1. Idealism, phenomenalism, or mentalistic monism, which holds that only mind or spirit is real{{sfn|Brugger|1972}}
  2. Neutral monism, which holds that one sort of thing fundamentally exists,{{sfn|Mandik|2010|p=76}} to which both the mental and the physical can be reducedLuke Mastin (2008),Monism
  3. Material monism (also called Physicalism and materialism), which holds that only the physical is real, and that the mental or spiritual can be reduced to the physical{{sfn|Brugger|1972}}{{sfn|Mandik|2010|p=76}}

a. Eliminative Materialism, according to which everything is physical and mental things do not exist{{sfn|Mandik|2010|p=76}} b. Reductive physicalism, according to which mental things do exist and are a kind of physical thing{{sfn|Mandik|2010|p=76}}{{refn|group=note|Such as Behaviourism, Type-identity theory and Functionalism}}
Certain positions do not fit easily into the above categories, such as functionalism, anomalous monism, and reflexive monism. Moreover, they do not define the meaning of "real".


In 1896, J. H. Worman, a theologian, identified seven categories of pantheism: Mechanical or materialistic (God the mechanical unity of existence); Ontological (fundamental unity, Spinoza); Dynamic; Psychical (God is the soul of the world); Ethical (God is the universal moral order, Fichte; Logical (Hegel); and Pure (absorption of God into nature, which Worman equates with atheism).More recently, Paul D. Feinberg, professor of biblical and systematic theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, also identified seven: Hylozoistic; Immanentistic; Absolutistic monistic; Relativistic monistic; Acosmic; Identity of opposites; and Neoplatonic or emanationistic.Evangelical Dictionary of Theology, edited by Walter A. Elwell, p. 887

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Nature worship or nature mysticism is often conflated and confused with pantheism. It is pointed out by at least one expert in pantheist philosophy that Spinoza's identification of God with nature is very different from a recent idea of a self identifying pantheist with environmental ethical concerns, Harold Wood, founder of the Universal Pantheist Society. His use of the word nature to describe his worldview may be vastly different from the "nature" of modern sciences. He and other nature mystics who also identify as pantheists use "nature" to refer to the limited natural environment (as opposed to man-made built environment). This use of "nature" is different from the broader use from Spinoza and other pantheists describing natural laws and the overall phenomena of the physical world. Nature mysticism may be compatible with pantheism but it may also be compatible with theism and other views.Levine, Michael, Pantheism: A Non-Theistic Concept of Deity, Psychology Press, 1994, {{ISBN|9780415070645}}, pgs 44, 274-275.
  • "The idea that Unity that is rooted in nature is what types of nature mysticism (e.g. Wordsworth, Robinson Jeffers, Gary Snyder) have in common with more philosophically robust versions of pantheism. It is why nature mysticism and philosophical pantheism are often conflated and confused for one another."
  • "[Wood's] pantheism is distant from Spinoza's identification of God with nature, and much closer to nature mysticism. In fact it is nature mysticism
  • "Nature mysticism, however, is as compatible with theism as it is with pantheism."
Nontheism is an umbrella term which has been used to refer to a variety of religions not fitting traditional theism, and under which pantheism has been included.Panentheism (from Greek πᾶν (pân) "all"; ἐν (en) "in"; and θεός (theós) "God"; "all-in-God") was formally coined in Germany in the 19th century in an attempt to offer a philosophical synthesis between traditional theism and pantheism, stating that God is substantially omnipresent in the physical universe but also exists "apart from" or "beyond" it as its Creator and Sustainer.John W. Cooper, The Other God of the Philosophers, Baker Academic, 2006{{rp|p.27}} Thus panentheism separates itself from pantheism, positing the extra claim that God exists above and beyond the world as we know it.BOOK, Levine, Michael Philip, Pantheism: A Non-Theistic Concept of Deity, 1994,weblink 9780203014776, Psychology Press, {{rp|p.11}} The line between pantheism and panentheism can be blurred depending on varying definitions of God, so there have been disagreements when assigning particular notable figures to pantheism or panentheism.{{rp|pp. 71–72, 87–88, 105}}Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy: Genealogy to Iqbal edited by Edward Craig, pg 100 weblink.Pandeism is another word derived from pantheism, and is characterized as a combination of reconcilable elements of pantheism and deism.BOOK, The History of Science: A Beginner's Guide, 90, Sean F. Johnston, 2009, 978-1-85168-681-0, It assumes a Creator-deity that is at some point distinct from the universe and then transforms into it, resulting in a universe similar to the pantheistic one in present essence, but differing in origin.Panpsychism is the philosophical view held by many pantheists that consciousness, mind, or soul is a universal feature of all things.Seager, William and Allen-Hermanson, Sean, "Panpsychism", The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Winter 2012 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.), URL =

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