Rush Limbaugh, Creationist

Kulhwch5/20/2009 8:08:17 pm PDT

re: #906 Annar

This is nonsense. One does not create things by simply defining them into existence.

Pantheism has nothing to do with multiple deities. See link.

Not entirely true, it depends on the religion discussed.  From your very source (just a little further down the page):

It is generally asserted that Hindu religious texts are the oldest known literature that contains Pantheistic ideas … This concept of God is of one unity, with the individual personal gods being aspects of the One; thus, different deities are seen by different adherents as particularly well suited to their worship. As the sun has rays of light which emanate from the same source, the same holds true for the multifaceted aspects of God emanating from Brahman, like many colors of the same prism.Also Hindus worship Nature by offering prayers to sacred trees, groves and also to animals. It’s believed widely among the hindus that God lives in all, a very pantheistic belief. Vedanta, specifically, Advaita, is a branch of Hindu philosophy which gives this matter a greater focus. Most Vedantic adherents are monists or “non-dualists” (i.e. Advaita Vedanta), seeing multiple manifestations of the one God or source of being, a view which is often considered by non-Hindus as being polytheistic.

As well from the Oxford English Dictionary, the most comprehensive English dictionary in my (and many other’s) opinion:

Definitions of pantheism.
1. Oxford English Dictionary

1. The religious belief or philosophical theory that God and the Universe are identical (implying a denial of the personality and transcendence of God); the doctrine that God is everything and everything is God.
[First use 1730, modelled on the word pantheist, first used by John Toland in 1705]
2. The heathen worship of all the gods.
[First use 1837 by Sir F. Palgrave, describing the Tartar tribes who respected all creeds but were attached to none]

So the statement “Pantheism has nothing to do with multiple deities” is not correct, only being true when viewed from a monotheistic viewpoint alone.  Other non-monotheistic viewpoints can see it as perfectly valid in conjunction with multiple Deities.

}:)     [I think things are more clear when discussing the Godhead, etc.]