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Panentheism and its neighbors
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology, Studies in Faith and Ideologies, Philosophy of Religion.
2019 (English)In: International journal for philosophy of religion, ISSN 0020-7047, E-ISSN 1572-8684, Vol. 85, no 1, p. 23-41Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this paper I suggest that we should identify panentheism on a scale, with deism at one extreme and pantheism at the other. The surprising outcome of the analysis is that many of the things which in the philosophical and theological debate are simply taken for granted as distinguishing panentheism from traditional theism (and vice versa) turn out to be possible extension claims rather than core doctrines of these different conceptions of God. Nevertheless, I maintain that it remains possible to draw a line between them. It is also emphasized that the greatest challenge many panentheists face is to give a convincing argument why we should think that God’s power can never be coercive, but must always be persuasive. The good news is that there is nothing in panentheism that requires that we must accept this particular doctrine.

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2019. Vol. 85, no 1, p. 23-41
Keywords [en]
Panentheism, Classical theism, Deism, Pantheism, Process theism
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Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
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Philosophy of Religion
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-374465DOI: 10.1007/s11153-018-9687-9ISI: 000455822900003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-374465DiVA, id: diva2:1281073
Available from: 2019-01-21 Created: 2019-01-21 Last updated: 2019-02-05Bibliographically approved

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