Panentheism (was Questioning the Big Bang)

From: JW Burgeson (
Date: Thu May 02 2002 - 11:12:45 EDT

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    Blake, writing about panentheism, said "...The world is also portrayed as
    affecting God in its recalcitrance,... ."

    My understanding of panentheism is that the above is correct, although the
    word "recalcitrance" is perhaps overkill.

    In panentheism, God is portrayed as not knowing the future, at least not in
    detail, although with a greatly enhanced (over humanity) capability of
    predicting in broad terms how it will unfold. But He can be "surprised" by
    what we, in our free will, do, sometimes negatively; sometimes positively.

    He is also not portrayed as all powerful. In this respect, see the varios
    articles on the internet on "Open Theism." A google search finds them
    rapidly. There is some connection, although the proponents of each appear to
    have come out of different theological traditions.


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