scared of God

Many if not most pantheists lack the courage or the awareness to follow their beliefs wherever they may lead. Weak pantheism identifies "nature" as deity.

A stronger pantheism identifies the universe (including nature) as deity.

An even stronger pantheism identifies reality (including the universe including nature) as deity.

The strongest expression of pantheism identifies Everything That Is (ETI) (including reality including the universe including nature) as deity.

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Lily Strange said...

My actual belief is that there is no such thing as the supernatural. At first glance this might appear to mean that I'm a secular humanist. However, this is not the case. What it means is that I don't believe that phenomena such as spirits or noncorporeal beings is anything but a part of nature that we don't yet have full understanding of.

masterymistery said...

Exactly. "Supernatural" is just another word for that which is not YET seen to be natural.

chook said...

Why believe in a supernatural immortal being when you have ETI

masterymistery said...

I don't believe "in", I believe "that" ETI exists, is alive and aware, learns and grows and changes, and is interested in what happens. None of the above requires any assumptions or faith or unproven beliefs.

Mitch Sullivan said...

Hi!
I'm running a piece on Pantheism on my new atheist blog and was wondering if you'd like to chime in, given yours seems to be quite a strong Pantheism.

I'm trying to get to the bottom of why a deity needs to exist at all, in any form, natural or supernatural. Beyond biologically programmed need to worship SOMETHING, what's the purpose of a deity at all?

masterymistery said...

Hi Mitch, happy to chime in. I think either that there is no purpose of deity because deity is all purposes, or that the purpose of deity is to create purpose. I'll expand a little on your blog.

Thanks for stopping by.