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Isn’t this a fine definition of pantheism, from Pulitzer Prize winning Philosopher/Historian Will Durant?

I find in the universe so many forms of order, organization, system, law, and adjustment of means to ends, that I believe in a cosmic intelligence, and I conceive God as the life, mind, order, and law of the world.

I do not understand my God, and I find in nature and history many instances of apparent evil, disorder, cruelty, and aimlessness. But I realize that I see these with a very limited vision, and that they might appear quite otherwise from a cosmic point of view. How can an infinitesimal part of the universe understand the whole? We are drops of water trying to understand the sea.

I believe that I am the product of a natural evolution. The logic of evolution seems to compel determinism, but I cannot overcome my direct consciousness of a limited freedom of will.

I believe that if I could see any form of matter from within, as I can see myself through introspection, I should find in all forms of matter something akin to what in ourselves is mind and freedom.

Regarding life after death he goes on to say:

I suspect when I die I shall be dead. I would look upon endless existence as a curse–as did the Flying Dutchman and the Wandering Jew. Death is life’s greatest invention, perpetually replacing the worn with the new.
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David
David
9 years ago

I heard that recently on NPR. Seems to me you’re kind of quote mining there. Here’s the whole thing from the “This I believe” website: “I find in the universe so many forms of order, organization, system, law, and adjustment of means to ends, that I believe in a cosmic intelligence, and I conceive God as the life, mind, order, and law of the world. I do not understand my God, and I find in nature and history many instances of apparent evil, disorder, cruelty, and aimlessness. But I realize that I see these with a very limited vision, and… Read more »

proteacher@ymail.com
proteacher@ymail.com
9 years ago

If he was a philosopher in anything, he would not bother about those prizes, peculiarly because they given by ignorants about matters of which they ignore the nature and meaning. He would not speak in such a way as he does, pretending without proving.

A thinker has enough of priests to carry dogmatic speeches to not arrogantly pretend to know as they do.

Dude
Dude
9 years ago

not really, it’s more of an appeal than a definition

pǝʞɔıʍ ɥɔʇıʍ™      of the West
pǝʞɔıʍ ɥɔʇıʍ™ of the West
9 years ago

It is a fine piece. Very profound, if one does believe in intelligent higher powers.
If I were Pantheist it might become a mantra.

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