pan·​the·​ism | \ ˈpan(t)-thē-ˌi-zəm How to pronounce pantheism (audio) \

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)

Other Words from pantheism

pantheist \ ˈpan(t)-​thē-​ist How to pronounce pantheism (audio) \ noun
pantheistic \ ˌpan(t)-​thē-​ˈi-​stik How to pronounce pantheism (audio) \ or less commonly pantheistical \ ˌpan(t)-​thē-​ˈi-​sti-​kəl How to pronounce pantheism (audio) \ adjective
pantheistically \ ˌpan(t)-​thē-​ˈi-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce pantheism (audio) \ adverb

Pantheism and Religion

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.

Examples of pantheism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If anyone is wondering, stoicism and pantheism are my preferred lenses through to view the world. Christa Allen, Allure, 28 May 2021 There’s a scene in The Wolf Gift where Reuben is staring up at the stars and musing about the nature of God, and his ruminations there almost seem to be a cosmic pantheism or something. Geek's Guide To The Galaxy, WIRED, 18 Apr. 2012

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First Known Use of pantheism

1732, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pantheism

French panthéisme, from panthéiste pantheist, from English pantheist, from pan- + Greek theos god

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“Pantheism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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