Are There Problems with Panentheism? A Critical Analysis of Philip Clayton’s Response to Current Challenges
Keywords:Panentheism, Philip Clayton, God-World, Science
Panentheism suggests that the God-World relationship is one of mutual indwelling. Pantheism, Theism, and Atheism are seen as alternate options to Panentheism in their description of the God-World relationship. Philosophers of science and religion, who engage in these debates, have different perspectives regarding Panentheism and its metaphysical value. There are also different ways of conceiving Panentheism itself. Philip Clayton had staked out a specific version of Panentheism which is called Emergent Panentheism. Several critiques of Clayton’s position will be noted to help situate Clayton’s position more specifically. It will be argued that Clayton’s position is robust in its affirmation of science and its value when conceiving a Panentheistic perspective.
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