God’s Presence

It must therefore be acknowledged that God is everywhere by the presence of his divinity but not everywhere by the indwelling of his grace – Augustine of Hippo

I thought I would post this quote of Augustine's to stimulate the creative juices over the issue of panentheism, pantheism, monotheism, immanence, transcendence, etc. I rather liked it.

8 thoughts on “God’s Presence

  1. It must therefore be acknowledged that God is everywhere by the presence of his divinity …
    That’s the only definition of panentheism that I’ve ever had in mind. In my mind panentheism is an ontological necessity. When I say “I’m a panentheist” I’m not saying anything about love, grace, being the same as God or anything. Just that God must be everywhere as God is divine and is infinite.
    🙂

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  2. I can honestly say the differences between monotheism and pantheism are clear to me, as much as my mind can fathom that is. But Panentheism? I’ve heard of it, tried to understand it but fail to grasp what exactly it is and it’s difference between monotheism and pantheism. Can anybody shed a light on this for me? This would be greatly appreciated.

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  3. Kay, the second part “…but not everywhere by the indwelling of his grace” is the bit I find hardest to reconcile with some versions of panentheism. But then, as we have already discussed, there are many versions 🙂
    Isaiah, I do sympathize with your confusion. You’ll find I have posted thoughts on panentheism under the categories of “god” and “theology” and “meditation”. The most immediate relevant one would be this one here:
    http://mattstone.blogs.com/journeysinbetween/2007/10/panentheism-why.html

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