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Immanence & Transcendence

March 27, 2009
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“This One manifests Itself in and through all creation but is not absorbed by Its creation.”  ~ What Religious Science Teaches: A New Though Primer by Ernest Holmes (2005, Science of Mind Publishing)

In the above quotation, Mr. Holmes, who did not call himself a Hermetic but who was well-studied in Hermetic philosophy, refers to God as being manifest in and through creation, but being not limited to creation. This is a particular form of theology known as “panentheism”. All of Hermetic philosophy assumes panentheism, but does not always explicitly describe it.

Panentheism has as its roots pan = all, en = in, and theos = God. Thus, “all in God.” The universe is conceived of as being within God, but we must emphasize that, unlike pantheism, God is in no way limited to the universe. To use theological terms, God is both immanent and transcendent. As Paul wrote in the book of Acts, “In him we live and move and have our being.” (Acts 17:28)

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