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What Pantheism Is.
Miss H. F., a constant reader of tbe Specta tor, requests as to give her a plain statement what Pantheism means.and claims that the en cyclopedias give too much of an explanation, confusing the mind. We donbt whether we can do much better, bat we shall endeavor to give it in as terse and concise a manner as possible. The pantheist identifies God and nature. Nature is God and God is nature. He looks upon tbe forces of nature, like gravi tation, electricity, light, heat, etc.; not as the ' manifestations of a hidden spiritual God, but as God, a part of the universal whole. The • pantheist thos conceives of God as the sum and total of the seen and unseen. A pantheist of course does not believe in a special revela tion nor does he recognize a separate snpreme intelligence, he supposes a unity transcending all difference between mind and matter. And this is the hypothesis, which makes it so diffi cult to understand the system of pantheistic philosophy, which even a Spinoza could not make clear to the strongest minds. Suffice it for our inquiring friend and for others to know that there is considerable confusion of terms in that cheerless philosophy. It natnre is God, where is to be found the higher reference of the moral ideal ? With all the beauty and loveliness and grandeur of nature, it is im possible to prove that she possesses one single moral quality. The stars that sparkle so splen didly, look down with eyes as cold as ice, and would see nations starve without shedding a tear. You love the flower, but does the flower love you ? The lily that stands by the coffin of the babe is as happy as when it stood by its cradle. Where is the pity, charity, love, the righteousness in nature, outside of human natnre and sentient life ? Where then does the pantheist find any God better than him self to worship? 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