Word of the Day: Pantheism

pan·the·ism

noun \ˈpan(t)-thē-ˌi-zəm\

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)
pan·the·ist noun
pan·the·is·tic also pan·the·is·ti·cal adjective
pan·the·is·ti·cal·ly adverb

Origin of PANTHEISM

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

First Known Use: 1732

pantheism

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Doctrine that the universe is God and, conversely, that there is no god apart from the substance, forces, and laws manifested in the universe. Pantheism characterizes many Buddhist and Hindu doctrines and can be seen in such Hindu works as the Vedas and the Bhagavadgita. Numerous Greek philosophers contributed to the foundations of Western pantheism. In the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, the tradition was continued in Neoplatonism and Judeo-Christian mysticism. In the 17th century Benedict de Spinoza formulated the most thoroughly pantheistic philosophical system, arguing that God and Nature are merely two names for one reality.

Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary copyright © 2014 by Merriam-Webster, Incorporated

Advertisements
Standard

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s