- Pantheism is the belief that all the forces in the universe are God.
An example of pantheism is rejecting the idea that God has an individual personality.
- the doctrine that God is not a personality, but that all laws, forces, manifestations, etc. of the universe are God; the belief that God and the universe are one and the same
- the worship, or toleration of worship, of all gods of various cults
Origin of pantheismFrench panthéisme ; from panthéiste ; from eastern; English pantheist, coined (1705) by J. Toland, Irish deist: see pan-, theo-, and amp; -ism
- A doctrine identifying the Deity with the universe and its phenomena.
- Belief in and worship of all gods.
- pan′the·is′tic, pan′the·is′ti·cal
From pan- + Ancient Greek θεός (theos, “god”) + -ism. The term "pantheist" - of which "pantheism" is a variation - was purportedly first used by Irish writer John Toland in his 1705 work, Socinianism Truly Stated, by a pantheist. A critic of Toland, J. Fay, was the first to use the term "pantheism" in 1709, in Defensio Religionis.