Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Quote from Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

There are probably more (grass-root) pantheists than Protestants, or theists in general, and pantheism continues to be the traditional religious alternative to theism for those who reject the classical theistic notion of God. Not only is pantheism not antithetical to religion, but certain religions are better understood as pantheistic rather than theistic when their doctrines are examined. Philosophical Taoism is the most pantheistic, but Advaita Vedanta, certain forms of Buddhism and some mystical strands in monotheistic traditions are also pantheistic. But even apart from any religious tradition many people profess pantheistic beliefs-though somewhat obscurely. Pantheism remains a much neglected topic of inquiry. Given their prevalence, non-theistic notions of deity have not received the kind of careful philosophical attention they deserve. Certainly the central claims of pantheism are prima facie no more "fantastic" than the central claims of theism-and probably a great deal less so.

I found this entry to be quite interesting. For you empiricists out there (and you know who you are) who feel that the views expressed by yours truly are somehow based entirely on fancy and are a extremely minority view I would bring your attention to the following. Obviously, given the accuracy of the information above, the view held by yours truly, if it be fancy, is one of the most wide-scale hallucinations ever conveived. How is three religious seekers experimenting with the inner world and sharing data any different than three scientists experimenting with the outer world and sharing data? Why must the physical, outer existence be given more weight?
--kv 3-2-05