God's omnipresence in the world: on possible meanings of 'en' in panentheism

Panenetheism is the claim that God and the cosmos are intimately inter-related, with the cosmos being in God and God being in the cosmos. What does this exactly mean? The aim of this paper is to address this question by sheding light on four possible models of God-world-inter-relatedness. Being crit...

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Published in:International journal for philosophy of religion
Main Author: Gasser, Georg 1979-
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: Springer Science + Business Media B. V [2019]
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In: International journal for philosophy of religion
Year: 2019, Volume: 85, Issue: 1, Pages: 43-62
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B Omnipresence / Panentheism
Further subjects:B Metaphysics of material objects
B Panentheism
B divine immanence
B Models of divine omnipresence
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Summary:Panenetheism is the claim that God and the cosmos are intimately inter-related, with the cosmos being in God and God being in the cosmos. What does this exactly mean? The aim of this paper is to address this question by sheding light on four possible models of God-world-inter-relatedness. Being critical of those models, which understand maximal immanence in a literal, spatial sense, the paper argues in favor of a model, which cashes out immanence in terms of divine activity. God is, where God acts. Since God acts upon all of creation everywhere and anytime, God is omnipresent to it at all times. Thus, the proposal is to read the 'en' in 'panetheism' in an 'agential sense': God is in the cosmos by creating and sustaining it and the cosmos is in God by constantly being within the sphere of divine activity.
ISSN:1572-8684
Contains:Enthalten in: International journal for philosophy of religion
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1007/s11153-018-9695-9