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Panentheism: Nexus of One World (Heretical) Religion

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Einstein Panentheism

Panentheism is not new, stemming as it does from Neoplatonism; and not rare, being widespread, in various forms and to various extents amongst the intelligentsia; yet is an unfamiliar term, even to most people who have encountered it in some form.  It is a man-made, philosophical religion which denies the authority of Scripture and brings together many threads of philosophy and speculation, including Neoplatonic Mysticism, speculative philosophy and theology, select elements of Christianity and other religions, speculative science (purporting legitimacy), in particular Evolution, and Environmentalism, with special appeal to Liberal Christians, New Age believers, semi-atheistic intellectuals, Social Gospel practitioners, Social Justice agitators, self-opinionated armchair theologians, “tree-huggers,” narcissistic “do-gooders,” and political Progressives of various other types.

In reality, Panentheism is Humanism in theistic garb, patently not Christianity, appealing to the selfish desire for apotheosis or self-deification, i.e., not to God but to self.  Observing the worldwide apostasy of this Age, and the “signs of the times,” there is good reason to associate Panentheism with the One-World Religion, the Religion of Man, which Bible-believers  anticipate will evolve into the religion of the Beast of John’s Revelation, otherwise known as the Antichrist.

Whether one believes this assertion or not, I encourage the reader to “save” the following basic description, in either text or the graphic form below, and from this time forward examine the theological claims and content of religionists, even one’s own church pastor, in its light, to see how he or she stacks up.

Panentheism

A Linchpin of Liberal One-World Religion

  • Increasingly a favored interpretation of Christianity amongst intellectuals.
  • Not to be confused with Pantheism (“all is God”).
  • Means “all is in God,” which includes evil.  Incorporates evil and redefines Redemption through its principle of Dialectic.
  • Influenced by Neoplatonist Metaphysics and Hegelian philosophy.
  • Related to the Process Theology of Whitehead and the New Theology of Karl Rahner.
  • Emphasizes unity of the Trinity (Perichoresis) in love and relationship.  Sees love, unity, Pacifism, science, and Environmentalism as the evolutionary path to unity with the Trinity and the universe by reflecting attributes of the Trinity (suggesting apotheosis).
  • Portrays God as continuously created and creating, not complete, evolving along with the universe, and influenced by Man.
  • Presumes truth about God discoverable in (theoretical) Quantum Physics.
  • Bypasses the Biblical Gospel and salvation by faith in Jesus Christ, who becomes at best ancillary.  Does not require Bible-based Christianity.
  • Influences Liberation Theology such as that of Jurgen Moltmann and Gustavo Gutiérrez.
  • Expressed by John A. T. Robinson in his concept of the Body of Christ and the Kingdom of God evolving through love and unity, but foresees no literal Second Coming (Parousia) of Christ.

Copyright © 2015 Paul A. Hughes

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May 31, 2015 at 9:06 PM

A Merrie Olde Xmas

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Publick Notice Christmas Ban

Publick Notice Christmas Ban

For most Americans, Christmas has long been a secular holiday.  In the midst of all the Santas, elves, and reindeer, the holly, spruce, and pine, it is possible to go for days without hearing a truly religious Christmas carol on store sound systems or on the radio.

In fact, non-Christian Christmas celebrations are nothing new, being rooted in paganism.  Unable to wean primitive cultures from their pagan festivals, the Church centuries ago opted to “Christianize” those holidays, adding Christian content and symbolism.

In 17th-century England, however, Christmas had degenerated into an occasion for drunken revelry and mocking of religious institutions.  As one commentator observes,

Moreover, all over Britain it had become the custom for the town rabblerousers to elect a King of Misrule at Christmas, who, according to a Puritan observer, led his followers “into the Devil’s own recreation to mock at Holy things.”  Masquerading in fancy green and yellow costumes, bells tied to their ankles, they would dance through the quiet churchyard and on into the church itself.  Ignoring the Mass being read, they pranced on wooden hobby horses up the center aisle.  To the accompanying din of skirling pipes and rattling drums, the poor protesting priest was pulled from his place while the shameless King of Misrule took his place and desecrated the altar by drinking and dicing before it.  Meanwhile, riotous companions drowned out the measured music of the Mass with coarse shouts of ‘Yule, Yule, Yule’ . . . .

Twelfth Night Revelry

Twelfth Night Revelry

Clergy were at times physically abused by such rabble, and the hanging of mistletoe was the occasion for much “promiscuous kissing,” abhorred by the Puritans.  In 1644, at the height of the English Civil Wars, Puritans gained power and made the celebration of Christmas illegal.  In America, Puritans decreed that “No one shall keep Christmas or any saint day, read common prayer, make mince pies, dance, play cards or play any instrument of music except the drum, trumpet and jews harp.”

How are Christians to react to the secularization of Christmas today?  A Puritan legalistic backlash is certainly inappropriate.  Our aim is not to force people into unwilling conformity with our preferences, but to win over their hearts and minds with the truth of the Gospel.  Unfortunately, when in power the Church has been more apt to use force, and less likely to approach secular people with the love and patience required to persuade.

To quote the old song George Beverly Shea used to sing, let’s “Put Christ Back Into Christmas,” but start with ourselves.

[Source: Katharine Van Etten Lyford, “Victory of the Christmas Keepers” in Austin N. Stevens, Mysterious New England (Yankee Publishing, 1971), pp. 18-23.]

© 2002 Paul A. Hughes.

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December 22, 2010 at 12:54 AM