Pandeism is the only theology compatible with modern science

Pandeism is the only theology compatible with modern science. It is the theory that the Universe began when the Divine Being then existing created the Universe from its own Self, and thus ceased to exist as an integrated conscious entity. The consciousness of the original Divine Being disintegrated at the moment of creation and subsequently exists as innumerable conscious fragments. The process of creation may be conceived of dramatically as the explosion of the Divine Being at the time of the Big Bang thirteen to twenty billion years ago.

According to the theory of pandeism, the consciousness of the original Divine Being gave rise to the laws of physics which governed the subsequent development of the Universe. The idea is that there is no conscious personal God supervising the Universe and its inhabitants, but there is a kind of inbuilt computer program which has guided its evolution. There is considerable scientific evidence to indicate that the Universe was “fine-tuned” to eventually produce the conditions necessary for the evolution of life. The sceptical scientist Stephen Hawking wrote: “The laws of science, as we know them at present, contain many fundamental numbers, like the size of the electric charge of the electron and the ratio of the masses of the proton and the electron. … The remarkable fact is that the values of these numbers seem to have been very finely adjusted to make possible the development of life.”

Dogmatic atheism is unable to produce a satisfactory explanation for the evolution of life and the presence of conscious beings in the Universe. Conventional monotheism, on the other hand, has failed to show evidence for the existence of a conscious personal God, and is not able to explain how such a God would have created a world in which there is so much suffering and evil. Attempts to cast the blame on a hypothetical progenitor named Adam are no longer credible. Pandeism is the most plausible explanation we have for the evolution of conscious beings in this Universe.

Pandeism does not postulate the existence of a personal God who communicates with selected individuals in the dead of night, and it does not rely on a collection of forged documents which claim to reveal the ultimate truth. The ideas of pandeism must be derived from our own experiences and observations.

Pantheism to pandeism diagram

The above diagram illustrates how pantheism evolved into modern pandeism, directly resulting from scientific discoveries in the twentieth century. This is Bertrand Russell’s account of Spinoza’s philosophy in his History of Western Philosophy:

“The metaphysical system of Spinoza is of the type inaugurated by Parmenides. There is only one substance, ‘God or Nature’; nothing finite is self-subsistent….. Individual souls and separate pieces of matter are, for Spinoza, adjectival; they are not things, but merely aspects of the divine Being. There can be no such personal immortality as Christians believe in, but only that impersonal sort that consists in becoming more and more one with God… There can be only one Being who is wholly positive, and He must be absolutely infinite. Hence Spinoza is led to a complete and undiluted pantheism.”

One can only speculate how the discovery of the Big Bang and the fine-tuning of cosmological constants might have fired Spinoza’s imagination.

This is Poffo Ortiz giving us a modern view of pandeism:

“….. we are ‘collectively’ the manifestation of God, together with all the plants and animals and every other thing in existence that makes up the observable Universe. But ‘God’ is not awake and perceptive on a cognitive, intellectual level…except when He/She/It is ‘awakened’ through sentient beings like us. Right now, the physical laws of the Universe are acting as a kind of ‘latent’ programming or unconscious memory of God, allowing all things to be, and acting as the driving force behind gravity, electromagnetism, entropy, self-organization, awareness, consciousness and evolution in all biological life forms. As the Deists rightly contend, God cannot ‘intervene’ to help us and there will not be true peace on Earth until human beings collectively unite to form a colossal, symbiotic relationship with one another and become the singularity that once existed before the Big Bang. All the details about ego, ascension, elevating our minds and consciousness and finding balance and peace, are part of the process of becoming ‘whole’ again. We are all God, but we are the differentiated, dispersed, individualized units or pockets of energy that make up the ‘potential’ form of God. The mind and intellect of God does not exist as a conscious, moral agent with discretion and discernment, until we collectively develop our sense of logic and reason and establish a firm grasp of right and wrong on a global and perhaps even universal scale.” (from “Pandeism: An Anthology” by Knujon Mapson, Poffo Ortiz and others)

Indian religious art

“The famous art historian, Kenneth Clark, sought to distinguish between the naked and the nude, where naked represented the vulnerable, undressed figure, the nude the confident ideal – a distinction that became popular in the history of art though more recently it has been questioned. . But in Christianity, however, the nude has remained the naked – the symbol of degradation, humiliation, sin (in depicting Eden) and brutality (with the flagellation). Christian art has avoided sexuality as in practice the religion has commonly had problems with sex.

Logically one would not have expected the nude in Indian art to have been a positive symbol of the good, in view of the belief in reincarnation, wherein the immortal ‘soul’ is imprisoned in the material world, while seeking release from rebirth so that the blissful state beyond the material might be achieved. But the body is not used in most Indian art to represent sin, degradation or humiliation. Instead, the human body is generally depicted virtually – if not completely – naked, almost always full of life, vigour, beauty and energy; indeed it often involves scenes on temple walls of ecstatic copulation – sometimes in pairs, sometimes in groups (maithuna). In the temples, the phallus and the vagina are common motifs in the sanctuary. How can this be? The nineteenth-century missionaries were disgusted at such scenes and interpreted them as evidence of the degradation of Hindus. For many Hindus, however, it is natural to use representations of the source of human life as symbols of the divine creative power. Happy copulating couples were symbols of the generation of life and of the love of God for the soul and vice versa. Despite contemporary Asian attitudes to displaying the body, much classical Indian art used the human form as the obvious religious symbol for the gods. Beauty is represented by wide shoulders, narrow waists and round pendulous breasts for the women. If Clark’s polarization were accepted, then one might say there are no naked, only nude, forms in virtually all Indian art. The individual identity of the deities depicted is not always clear, because many figures are depicted in a similar beautiful pose and virtually all follow the same canons of beauty. Instead, they are identified by the attributes they carry (for example a trident) or by their hand gestures (mudras), as they also are in Indian dance – an art form closely related to sculpture. Divinity dwells where it is worshipped, so it is thought that, when the worshipper approaches the image in purity and with devotion, then the gods indwell that beautiful form. As the devotee sees the image with the eye of knowledge the deity comes to dwell within the worshipper. When an image is made the last step is always ‘the opening’ of the image’s eyes by the priest, for not only does the worshipper see the image, so also the divine sees, and thereby blesses, the worshipper. It is impossible to understand Hindu devotion without studying the divine image bringing the divine into the person of the worshipper.”

(The Routledge Companion to the Study of Religion)

The Reverend Father Rudy Kos trial

“The Kos case, together with others across the country and around the world, created a global crisis for the church. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, in concert with the Vatican, adopted numerous reforms: “zero-tolerance” policies, stricter reporting requirements, mandates to swiftly remove offending priests, prohibitions against secret settlements of abuse complaints, safe-environment training for clergy and lay workers, outreach efforts to comfort victims and their families, annual audits to measure compliance with all of it…

But how effective have the changes been?

Is the rectory, the church outing, the classroom or school playground truly safe for children?

“I hope so,” Egerton said. “But I don’t have great confidence that it is.”

A chronic, growing shortage of priests provides temptation for seminaries to, in Egerton’s words, “take whatever slides in under the door.” In 1990, there were more than 52,000 Catholic priests in the United States. Last year, the official count was 35,815.

Meanwhile, the number of Catholics is swelling, thanks largely to booming Latino communities. Between 1990 and 2008, the church added 11 million worshippers to its rolls. (There are now roughly 70 million U.S. Catholics — more than a fifth of the nation’s population.)

With more parishioners to serve and fewer pastors to serve them, the church has increasingly turned to foreign-born priests, many from developing nations. A fourth of all U.S. priests, and a third of all new priests, now come from other countries — from India and Sri Lanka, Vietnam and the Philippines, Nigeria and Kenya, Mexico and Colombia, Poland and Spain.”

Nag Hammadi scriptures – An illness approved by the Christian God

“But Peter smiled and said unto him: My son, it is manifest unto God alone wherefore her body is not whole. Know then that God is not weak nor powerless to grant his gift unto my daughter: but that thy soul may be convinced, and they that are here present may the more believe -then he looked unto his daughter and said to her: Raise thyself up from thy place, without any helping thee save Jesus only, and walk whole before all these, and come unto me. And she arose and came to him; and the multitude rejoiced at that which was come to pass. Then said Peter unto them: Behold, your heart is convinced that God is not without strength concerning all things that we ask of him. Then they rejoiced yet more and praised God. And Peter said to his daughter: Go unto thy place, and lay thee down and be again in thine infirmity, for this is expedient for me and for thee. And the maiden went back and lay down in her place and was as beforetime: and the whole multitude wept, and entreated Peter to make her whole.

But Peter said unto them: As the Lord liveth, this is expedient for her and for me. For on the day when she was born unto me I saw a vision, and the Lord said unto me: Peter, this day is a great temptation born unto thee, for this daughter will bring hurt unto many souls if her body continue whole. But I thought that the vision did mock me.

Now when the maiden was ten years old, a stumbling-block was prepared for many by reason of her. And an exceeding rich man, by name Ptolemaeus, when he had seen the maiden with her mother bathing, sent unto her to take her to wife; but her mother consented not. And he sent oft-times to her, and could not wait.

[Here a leaf is lost: the sense, however, is not hard to supply. Augustine speaks (quoting Apocryphal Acts) of a daughter of Peter struck with palsy at the prayer of her father.

Ptolemaeus, unable to win the maiden by fair means, comes and carries her off. Peter hears of it and prays God to protect her. His prayer is heard. She is struck with palsy on one side of her body.”

Pope Francis (Jorge Bergoglio) may be a pandeist

Father Paul Kramer has written the following:

“Bergoglio is an infidel. He is a pandeist who does not believe in the transcendent God and Creator of Catholicism, but in the immanent ‘divine principle’ of Paganism, the life giving world soul (anima mundi) within the universe. His creed is remarkably like a synthesis of the belief systems of Lord Shaftsbury, Friedrich Schleiermacher, Benedict Spinoza, Auguste Compte, and Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. He says atheists can be saved (no need for faith in God), he says the souls of the damned do not suffer eternal punishment. The damned souls, according to Bergoglio, will be annihilated. His doctrine on marriage is entirely circumscribed by Naturalism, denying the supernatural sacramentality of Holy Matrimony.”

(Please note that it is Father Cramer who is calling Pope Francis an “infidel”. I personally think that is an unwarranted insult)

“His (Pope Francis’s) religion is the Enlightenment “religion” of revelation experienced in one’s heart — of an immanent Deity which reveals itself in natural human experience — the “Mother Earth” he professed on 2 June 2016, as the one who “gave us life and protects us”. Thus, the absolute primacy of one’s own conscience rather than the Commandments of God. Bergoglio’s religion is a pandeistic form of Gnosticism, expressed in terms of the perfidious “liberal theology” which had sprung forth from the faithless Enlightenment in the doctrine of Friedrich Schleiermacher, and his moral doctrine likewise is the vague Enlightenment belief in the “Moral Sense”, as professed by the infidel Lord Shaftsbury.”

Tapping the energy of God

This is from an unnamed poster, commenting on the ideas of Paola Zizzi:

“Because “Pandeists believe all consciousness, in all life, to be fragments of God’s awareness” Such a God may not consciously interact with the material universe, but might still exerts a latent influence over the development of the physical universe, and the evolution of things within it. Because man is part of the material universe, and therefore composed of remnants of God, it could then be possible for God’s energy to be tapped by an individual.

As with man’s ability to release the power of the atom in an atomic bomb or nuclear reactor, every human mind could conceivably access and release some portion of the power or the knowledge of God, perhaps by simply realizing their connection with the universe through meditation. If this is valid, religious figures such as Moses, Jesus, Mohammed, the Buddha, and others may have been able to perform those miracles attributed to them by tapping into this infinite source of energy.”

Consciousness & Pandeism

A pandeistic poem

And they say that rocks have a soul
And rivers moonlight ecstasies.
But flowers, if they felt anything, wouldn’t be flowers,
They would be people;
And if rocks had a soul, they would be living things, not rocks;
And if rivers had moonlight ecstasies,
Rivers would be sick men.
Only if you don’t know what flowers and rocks and rivers are
Can you talk about their feelings.
To talk about the soul of rocks, and flowers, and rivers,
Is to talk about ourselves and our fake thoughts.
Thank god rocks are only rocks,
And that rivers are but rivers,
And flowers nothing more than flowers.
I, myself, write the prose of my verses
And I’m happy
Because I know I understand Nature from the outside;
And don’t understand it from the inside
Because Nature has no inside;
Or it would not be Nature.

(By Fernando Pessoa, writing as Alberto Caeiro)

Kurt Schranzer on pandeism

“Kurt Schranzer & Terry Burrows: Spirit & Flesh brings together selected artworks under this overarching theme, moving beyond the Western-centric Christian narratives that are usually associated with the phrase (the battle-loaded oppositions of purity of spirit and worldly, carnal nature), to yield more varied, absorbing, profound forms and meanings.”

“Schranzer speaks of Pandeism and the book God’s Debris (Scott Adams, 2001) as holding that the universe is identical to God, and that as God annihilated itself in the Big Bang — becoming the universe to experience its own ‘being’ — it became unconscious and non-sentient. God became the smallest units of matter, time, space, gravity, and is slowly reassembling itself, growing towards consciousness of ‘self’ through humanity. The potential for consciousness “should be intrinsic to all matter and energy, in all space and time dimensions.”

Bernardo Kastrup on pandeism

“Pandeism is a school of thought that holds that the universe is identical to God, but also that God was initially an omni-conscious and omni-sentient force or entity. However, upon creating the universe, God became unconscious and non-sentient by the very act of becoming the universe itself.”

I personally would modify the above defintion. It is correct that at the time of creation God ceased to be a unitary omniscient being, but his consciousness persisted in a finite and separate form in all the creatures of the universe.

Kastrup goes on to state: “The idea of a final cosmic re-assembly of God into an omni-conscious, sentient being is somewhat analogous to Kurzweil’s post-singularity vision that technology evolution will inexorably lead to a future where intelligence will permeate all matter in the universe.”

I would modify this statement as well. I do not think technology on its own could achieve such a result. There has to be development of human consciousness and understanding.

The pandeism fish

The fish symbol has been used by Christians for two millenia. It is an interesting coincidence that the fish could also represent the idea of pandeism. On the left of the diagram is an open-ended triangle symbolizing the original divine being condensing and collapsing into a point singularity, leading into the oval-shaped universe on the right. Pandeism could be the real original meaning of Christian doctrine.

The oval on the right of the image is a depiction of the Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation which is a remnant of the Big Bang.