Definition of pantheism
1 : a doctrine that equates God with the forces and laws of the universe
2 : the worship of all gods of different creeds, cults, or peoples indifferently; also : toleration of worship of all gods (as at certain periods of the Roman empire)
pantheistplay \-thē-ist\ noun
pantheisticallyplay \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
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Pantheistic ideas—and most importantly the belief that God is equal to the universe, its physical matter, and the forces that govern it—are found in the ancient books of Hinduism, in the works of many Greek philosophers, and in later works of philosophy and religion over the centuries. Much modern New Age spirituality is pantheistic. But most Christian thinkers reject pantheism because it makes God too impersonal, doesn't allow for any difference between the creation and the creator, and doesn't seem to allow for humans to make meaningful moral choices.
Origin and Etymology of pantheism
French panthéisme, from panthéiste pantheist, from English pantheist, from pan- + Greek theos god
First Known Use: 1732
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