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Pantheism

Pantheism holds that God is in the world or, rather, God is the world. It stresses the immanence of God in the world. There are several kinds of pantheism. The Greek philosopher Parmenides is famous for explicating what is known as absolute pantheism. This asserted that there was only one being in the universe and everything else was non-being. Another ancient source, Plotinus, was believed to be an exponent of emanational pantheism, in that everything flows from God the way a flower unfolds from a seed. The most obvious example of this kind of thought in the contemporary climate is Hinduism, a manifestational pantheism; that all things are, in some sense, divine and to be venerated as such.

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