Panentheism: The Dancer and the Dance

23 Apr

Originally posted on The Allergic Pagan:

 How can we know the dancer from the dance?
— W.B. Yeats

Theism, Pantheism, and Panetheism

In his latest effort to tell the Pagan world why everyone is wrong and he is right, Sam Webster has taken aim an panentheism, the belief that God is both transcendent and immanent.   Webster dispatches panentheism in one paragraph explaining that it is “logically untenable” for God to be All and then some.

Panentheism represents one of three logical possibilities for describing the nature of God’s (you can substitute “Being” or the “Ground of Being” for “God” here) relation to the world.  Either God is “wholly other” than the world (transcendental theism), God is the world (pantheism), or God is both other and the world (panentheism).  (Incidentally, polytheists and “pluralist” Mormons don’t really fit any of these categories because the gods they worship are not ultimate Being, but rather particular beings in…

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