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1. History of the Term

Panentheism—from Gk. pan (all), en (in), and theos (God)—is the doctrine that the cosmos exists within God, who in turn pervades, or is “in,” the cosmos. Panentheism is commonly contrasted with pantheism, in which God is coterminous with, or identified with, and is not more than, the cosmos; and classical theism, in which God is portrayed as separate from the cosmos, either in the sense of not being affected by it or in the sense of being outside…

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Brierley, Michael W., “Panentheism”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 24 November 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_P.12>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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