The Defining Principals of Panendeism

These principles were captured through several years of collaboration with Deists around the world and compiled by  Jim McDermott

Like its parent philosophy, Deism, Panendeism follows the same defining principals. These could be aptly summarized as follows:


A CREATOR-GOD EXISTS


The 'Necessary Uncaused First-Cause,' a non-physical transcendent intelligence, one that has conceived, designed and implemented the physical-temporal Universe, including the Laws of Physics, mathematics and the time-space fabric on whose geometry mathematics itself is based, and the quantum fabric or content of the Universe.


THE NATURE OF THE CREATOR


The precise 'nature' or 'attributes' of the Creator-God are unknown, but reason dictates that a transcendent and transpersonal intelligent Consciousness, intelligent to the supreme degree necessary to conceive, design and implement the Universe, is a minimal requirement.


NATURE AS THE ONLY KNOWN 'BOOK' AUTHORED BY THE CREATOR


The 'Architect' may be 'known' and understood, to the degree a finite mind may know and understand, by observations and measurements of the created and evolving architecture (Nature), on scales quantum to scales galactic.


THE PRIMACY OF SCIENCE AND REASON


Science, a product of reason, is the finest instrument the human mind has developed in its efforts to distinguish truth from error, and to govern the review of speculation and hypotheses, by means of the proven, tried and true, Scientific Method.


ADDRESSING THE UNKNOWN WITH THE INSTRUMENT OF REASON AND LOGIC


Unknown issues such as questions of participatory intervention or notions of afterlife, and so forth, are merely correctly looked upon as unknown variables to which some may wish to assign probabilities. To hold an 'agnostic' position is perfectly reasonable where evidence is lacking. Dogma, however, the embrace of either affirmative or negative assertions in the absent of evidence,  as if true, is not permitted in Deism.

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