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The Defining Principals of Panendeism


A summary of the integral defining principals of Panendeism as a parent philosophy of Deism.


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Atheism Is a Distinct Minority Position Among Scientists


For those of us who have left organized religion, people like Richard Dawkins, Lawrence Krauss, and Sam Harris are more or less a right of passage into the secular world. While their cynicism towards organized religion is undoubtedly useful to those looking for a way out, it's unfortunate that they have come to personify science to so many who have previously been unfamiliar with it. The expatriated theist is ushered into the temple of science with the idea that they've come to a place utterly sterilized of the unthinkable 'G' word. The impression is that each and every scientist goes about the day just aching to explode into an hour long rant on the idiocy and sheer evil of a belief in G-d. Contrary to this idea, the reality is that science is still heavily populated with people who do believe in G-d. In fact, they make make up the majority....


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Exploring the Theological Attributes of God


Examining the fundamental differences between Atheism, Theism, Pantheism, Panentheism, Deism, Pandeism, and Panendeism.


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Where Atheism Ends and Deism Begins


Given the new push going on in the atheism community, which appears to have the goal of absorbing all forms of agnosticism (including Deism and Panendeism) into their unbelief, I feel the need to clearly define what Deism is and is not. I see a subtle agenda being pushed in many of the Deism communities, an agenda that attempts to twist Deism so that people perceive it to be as close as possible to Atheism. Given this new trend, I feel that a clear explanation of where atheism ends and Deism begins is in order...


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The 7 Point Code of Conduct


1.Approach to understanding external reality: Free-thought (rationality, objectivity, and critical-thinking). 2. Arbiters of external truth: Primacy of science and primacy of reason. 3. The universe and everything within it is sacred: we shall endeavor to do good and not cause harm. 4. Discussing or presenting information regarding external reality: Only scientifically validated information and proven theories should ever be presented as fact, while suggestive evidence and hypothesis must always be presented as speculative....


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God’s Interaction in Panendeism, Compared


In Theism, we typically find God watching us from some metaphysical realm outside our own universe. Despite residence in an alternate sphere, the Theistic God is often thought to be aware of everything (“omniconscious”), as well as intimately involved in the minutia of our material lives and immaterial thoughts. As a consequence of this direct “interventionaistic” relationship with humans in a world in which the distribution of hardship and suffering seems un-linked to merit or good and evil, the God of theism seems either cruel, unjust or indifferent, or impotent, and often incapable of protecting, rescuing or elevating all. Many Theists believe that they can influence God’s grace through prayer in return for certain improved results, such as personal gain, comfort or wealth. Where results do not materialize, other Theists often assert that the supplicant was not sufficiently sincere or did not live their lives properly...


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The 5 Tenets of Panendeism


1. We affirm as a defining thesis, that the natural terrestrial world, and the greater Universe we observe are, by very definition, “real,” and acknowledge that these may well be the only semblance of God we shall ever witness with our human eyes. We assert that we, as sapient beings, are a constituent part of this integral whole, and that human observational perception, both material and spiritual, is worthy of our interest, pursuit, and trust. 2. We affirm the primacy of human reason and science as the final adjudicators of truth and error regarding our understanding of the universe, but acknowledge that human beings embody, by design, integrated intuition and expression that transcend the bounds of science. We propound that qualities such as consciousness, introspection, love, friendship, kindness, goodwill, charity, sincerity, inspiration, music, art, spirituality, and meditation are among these inherent and inspired natural qualities...


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