The 5 Tenets of Panendeism

1. We affirm as a defining thesis, that the natural terrestrial world, and the greater Universe we observe are, by very definition, “real,” and acknowledge that these may well be the only semblance of God we shall ever witness with our human eyes. We assert that we, as sapient beings, are a constituent part of this integral whole, and that human observational perception, both material and spiritual, is worthy of our interest, pursuit, and trust.

2. We affirm the primacy of human reason and science as the final adjudicators of truth and error regarding our understanding of the universe, but acknowledge that human beings embody, by design, integrated intuition and expression that transcend the bounds of science. We propound that qualities such as consciousness, introspection, love, friendship, kindness, goodwill, charity, sincerity, inspiration, music, art, spirituality, and meditation are among these inherent and inspired natural qualities.

3. We affirm that we are, even in our own cognitive abilities, finite. We acknowledge that human reasoning is limited, our senses and perception are imperfect, and that we are free to do good or cause harm to others, or leave others to do good or cause harm. We assert that any action that disrupts the joy, peace, purpose, or balance of the beings or environment around us, shall inevitably derogate and diminish both the quality and scope of our own joy, peace, purpose, balance, and meaning. If such detrimental, counter-intuitive behavior is embraced by many, we propound that all life could cease to exist in the natural, terrestrial world we inhabit.

4. We affirm that we are endowed by Deity with the inalienable liberty to govern and orchestrate our thoughts and our actions, within the bounds circumscribed by the Laws of Nature, known and unknown, and assert that the entire Universe, and we ourselves, are part and parcel of the Creator-Architect-Supreme Being and Cosmic Mind we know as God.

5. We assert that God is not manifest interpersonally in our lives, or through prophets or figureheads, but rather, intrapersonally and perhaps in other ways too subtle to be understood or detected by our finite human senses. Through the intrinsic presence of Deity, we are naturally drawn toward love; a realization of life; a sense of oneness, brotherhood and sisterhood with the natural world around us; and thus, we are compelled to live sublime and purposeful lives. Therefore, among the transcendent purposes unique to sapient life such as human beings, is the seeking after self-understanding, and the externalization of the resulting discovery within to positively affect the material and spiritual world around us and all living things and beings whose paths cross our own, in order to make the world a better, kinder, and gentler place for all of its inhabitants.

For a complete overview of Panendeism, please see our Teatise on Panendeism.