The Birth of neo-Pantheism
A search of the Web found a number of pages describing this very old worldview. But there was a problem with what I found. Some claimed to be scientific and then begin to abort science and talk about divinity and sacredness in things. A divine God was merely replaced by a divine Nature. Several appeared to be the opinions of only one speculative mind.
None of these presentations of Pantheism were, in my opinion, viable doctrines. They contained the same weaknesses in formal logic that the belief has always suffered from. They were not well thought out, had little basic structure and to some degree verged on supernaturalism. They were not marketable ideas. They lacked the rational intensity to become a future world viewpoint.
So I got inspired and decided to do something about it. I hope to publish a book in 2009 that will start a dialog on a new religious philosophy for the 21st century. It will promote reason and science for interpreting the world. Human survival and individual wellbeing, enlightenment, family, self-responsibility and virtue will be its goals.
It will be a non-theistic monotheism. This is a term I borrowed from Michael P. Levin who wrote "Pantheism: A Non-theistic Concept of Deity" in which he says there is a great deal of confusion about what pantheism is. And there is, so I will try to clarify it and differentiate it from other beliefs.
The non-theistic portion will be humanistic and naturalistic.
The monotheistic part will be pantheistic. It proposes a goddess-like essence (Panthea) for the Universe. This essence may be seen as either a rational interpretation of existence or as a naturalistic kind of deity. The choice of which will be up to the reader. A non-theistic monotheism is certainly unconventional. How unconventional? A bit. It is indeed an anomalous concept and a paradox if you can not understand and appreciate the niftiness of it. When you do, you may like it.
Recently a number of authors such as Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Daniel Dennet and others have dared to critique theistic beliefs and their supernatural gods. I have no argument with their disapproval and censure of them and applaud their bravery in doing so. However they do not, in my opinion, offer a viable alternative to these old beliefs that have sustained mankind for thousands of years. That is what I hope to do with the paradigm of neo-Pantheism.(I have had the honor of meeting Dawkins and Dennet)
“Today the god hypothesis has ceased to be scientifically tenable….and its abandonment often brings a deep sense of relief. Many people assert that this abandonment of the god hypothesis means the abandonment of all religion and all moral sanctions. This is simply not true. But it does mean once our relief at jettisoning an outdated piece of ideological furniture is over, that we must construct something to take its place.” – Sir Julian Huxley
“Modern America, like Rome at the time of Christ, is in a period of rising secularism and religious chaos. Christianity has lost the power to shape our culture, and no rival religion or philosophy seems able to take its place. I argue that this period of tension will end as the Roman one did - with the advent of a new religion that will synthesize the best of the features of our current religions into a whole greater than the sum of its parts.” - The Shape of the Next Religion - Douglas Muder
I have found two words that apply to my neo-Pantheism - emergence and consilience.
WEBSITE CONTENTS - This is the introductory page. It was preceded by a listing of those people who may find this paradigm interesting. The next page touches on why a new world view is needed. The New Paradigm page starts to lay the foundation for a new very comprehensive way of looking at the All. The Tenets of neo-Pantheism presents the basic building blocks. The neo-Pan Pledge page begins the moral structure. The Panthea page suggests the attributes for a goddess like natural world. One page, A Visual Message, adds some visual interest while presenting a brief message.
The last page lists some other neo-Pantheism sites and key sites to Pantheism and Religious Naturalism. Paul Harrison has put together a history well worth reading if you want more background on Pantheism - see World Pantheism. Included there are also links to the Religious Naturalism sites that are well worth looking at. neo-Pantheism is a form of Religious Naturalism. Go to the Religious Naturalism page for more info.