Belief that God is all creation and that all creation is God. From the Greek pan, "all," and theos, "god." Pantheism is inconsistent with orthodox Christianity because it ignores God's transcendence and God's distinctness from creation. This extreme identification of creator with creation emphasizes the universal immanence of God. In some forms of pantheism, God is seen to be identical with nature and contained entirely by nature. Christianity affirms that God is both immanent and transcendent relative to creation.
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