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  • Pantheism vs Animism (A beginner question)

    Hello.

    I have been researching different ideologies inside Paganism, and I have a question; does Pantheism in any way resemble Animism?

    My husband is an Animist, and until I met him, I had honestly never heard of it.

    I just considered myself an Eclectic, but, I would like to know exactly more on what Pantheism ideology entails.

    I do not believe in deities, but more of energies all around me, and that what most people consider deities, is just a form of energy. If er .. that makes sense. Does this in anyway, shape, or form resemble Pantheism?

  • #2
    I only know animism which fits in many beliefs system.
    All it means is you believe other species of life and/or objects have more than just the physical attributes, a spirit.
    There is also animatism. Belief other species or objects have an energy force thats not a soul or spirit, an impersonal force.

    I am both animist and animatist plus a non-deist and Taoist.
    I believe literally everything has either a spirit, energy force or both.
    :boing:

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    • #3
      Thank you so much for that, because I too feel the same way. As does my husband.

      My husband isn't very open in his beliefs, just that this is how he feels. He believes in reincarnation, and that everything has a spirit, or life force, that is apart of I guess a "pool" and when we die, we are returned to that pool.

      That's about all I ever got out of him.

      Thank you!

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      • #4
        I found a small bit on Religious Tolerance's website (about half way down):
        http://www.religioustolerance.org/god_devel.htm

        Basically says that Animists believe that...to quote the link above "the rocks, mountains, rivers, sun, moon, trees, land animals, birds, etc. all contained vital powers, each animated by a spirit"

        Further info:
        http://atheism.about.com/library/glo...ef_animism.htm

        My understanding of Pantheism is that they don't believe in a personal God. And sees God and the Universe as being one in the same.

        Originally posted by http://atheism.about.com/library/FAQs/religion/blrel_theism_pan.htm
        One generalization which might be made, however, is that in truly pantheistic belief systems, only God exists and all that exists is God. Although there are a number of differences among the different forms of pantheism, most argue that the totality of reality - you, the computer, everything - is a part of God. Slightly modified versions might argue that the universe itself or perhaps the laws of nature are God while objects such as us and the computer are manifestations of those laws and principles.
        Animism and Pantheism do appear to be similar. The difference being that Animists see everything as having a soul/consciousness/spirit whereas I don't think Pantheists do. They may see everything as being part of the Universe/God but they don't necessarily have a soul.

        Hope that doesn't confuse things for you :bigredgri

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        • #5
          Originally posted by mystic_zoe View Post
          I found a small bit on Religious Tolerance's website (about half way down):
          http://www.religioustolerance.org/god_devel.htm

          Basically says that Animists believe that...to quote the link above "the rocks, mountains, rivers, sun, moon, trees, land animals, birds, etc. all contained vital powers, each animated by a spirit"

          Further info:
          http://atheism.about.com/library/glo...ef_animism.htm

          My understanding of Pantheism is that they don't believe in a personal God. And sees God and the Universe as being one in the same.



          Animism and Pantheism do appear to be similar. The difference being that Animists see everything as having a soul/consciousness/spirit whereas I don't think Pantheists do. They may see everything as being part of the Universe/God but they don't necessarily have a soul.

          Hope that doesn't confuse things for you :bigredgri
          And then Animatist fits! :toofless:
          :boing:

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          • #6
            Thank you! Yep, I do believe Animatist fits.

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            • #7
              I posted this in another thread-

              Originally posted by adrasteashadow View Post
              from Wikipedia - "Dualist Pantheism holds that there are two major types of substance, physical and mental/spiritual. Dualistic pantheism is very diverse, and may include beliefs in reincarnation, cosmic consciousness, and paranormal connections across Nature"

              I don't see any problem being both

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