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Pantheism
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Models of religious philosophy are called pantheistic (from Greek pan, “all”; theós, “god”) when they posit the relationship between God and the world in terms of a unity of all things (Religion, philosophy of). A transcendental creator god (Transcendence/immanence) gives way to an immanent world principle, and the theistic view of God as a personal, sovereign counterpart to the world is abandoned in favor of that of a divine principle that pervades the world and is expressed in it. During the Enlightenment in particular (18th century), pantheism thus offered an alt…

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Laube, Martin, “Pantheism”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 18 October 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_025235>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200721



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