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Borrowed from German Panentheismus, coined by Karl Christian Friedrich Krause in 1828 from Ancient Greek πᾶν ἐν θεῷ (pân en theôi, all in god) +‎ -ismus (-ism).


  • IPA(key): /pænˈɛnθiɪzəm/


panentheism (uncountable)

  1. (philosophy, religion) A doctrine that the universe subsists within God, but that God nevertheless transcends or has some existence separate from the universe.
    • 1874, Robert Flint, The Philosophy of History in France and Germany, p. 484,
      The third great age of humanity (das Reifalter) is that in which all its powers are fully and harmoniously developed... and in which panentheism is universally and cordially accepted as the only true and adequate doctrine either of science or of society.
    • 1895, Benito Pérez Galdós, Doña perfecta, p. 84,
      Pantheism or panentheism... is condemned by the Church, as well as by the teachings of Schopenhauer and of the modern Hartmann.
    • 1964, Charles Hartshorne, Man's Vision of God and the Logic of Theism, p. 348,
      This panentheistic doctrine contains all of deism and pandeism except their arbitrary negations. Thus ARCW, or absolute-relative panentheism, is the one doctrine that really states the whole of what all theists, if not all atheists as well, are implicitly talking about.
  2. (rare) A belief in all gods.


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