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What Is Pandeism?

This video provides a pedestrian overview of the theory.

For as long as human history has been able to record, man has struggled over the deepest and most fundamental questions of existence: how have we come to be here? what is our purpose? what is our destination?

Theories promising answers to these riddles have sprung out from the chords of history like all of the leaves on a forest full of trees. But man is still dissatisfied, still faced with discord, still carrying on with the discontent that follows from the intuitive knowledge that all of these theories are false, out of kilter with the true nature of our Universe as is daily expanded upon by scientific investigation. An example of this is that men insist that certain disapproved behaviors, though harmless to any but the participants, are hated by their gods, and will be punished by their gods -- and yet, those same men show their underlying knowledge that no such godly punishment exists when they seek to have governments interpose worldly punishments for those same behaviors.

The Pursuit of Theory

So why have we continued, over all these centuries, to throw ourselves after false leads? Because it is only within the last few decades that the sciences have come together to paint a picture of our existence allowing us to tie together the threads of previous efforts to achieve a rational and coherent view of the spiritual basis of our Universe. The previous threads arise from two theories long thought to be at odds: Pantheism and Deism. Pantheists, in general, equate our Universe itself with "God," proposing that there is nothing more to it -- a view that was particularly defensible prior to the discovery of the Big Bang and other phenomena pointing to a moment of initiation for our Universe. Deists, in general, believe that our Universe was designed and created by a god-equivalent being -- sometimes titled the Deus, or the Creator, or the Motive Force, to distinguish it from more primitive god-concepts -- with such being setting forth a clockwork Universe, capable of developing without the ham-handed interference indicative of a less competent Creator. Deists do not depend on the obviously flawed mechanism of revelation to take their Cosmic bearings, but instead rely on a rational and logical examination of the Universe to discern its source and purpose.

And yet, both Pantheism and Deism are insufficient; Pantheism can not explain how we came to be here or why we exist in a Universe with the peculiar capacities that ours exhibits, in particular the simple form of complexity that it engenders; nor has it much insight to offer as to our purpose of existence or our moral dimensions. Deism can explain how we came to exist but can provide no reason why an entity capable of creating such a Universe as ours would be compelled to do so, nor why such an entity would appear to abandon the Universe that it had just fashioned with such care for the details of its energetic constants. And so neither Pantheism nor Deism offers a complete solution by itself. But interposed under the light of modern science, they can be brought together to offer precisely that solution.

The Foundry and Fundament of Pandeism

The combination of elements of Pantheism and Deism into a unitary theory, Pandeism, was actually proposed over 150 years ago, possibly more than 200 years ago depending on the interpretation of some particularly archaic German texts. But it was not until we came to understand to a degree the workings of those particles that underlie even the sub-subatomic particles that Pandeism came to exceed the parts that it sums. And, let us now be precise, what exactly is the theory of Pandeism? It is the view that our Universe indeed has a designer which preceded the Universe, setting forth its creation with such precision that the laws of physics and Universal constants governing its behavior would present a high probability of bringing about complexity -- life, indeed intelligent life, and beyond that self-reflective and self-accelerating intelligent life. But, more than that even, where did this Creator acquire the energy from which our Universe was created? From itself. In the Big Bang, it transferred all of its existence into the Universe, exhausting its energy, entirely becoming the Universe in which we now exist, and of which we are part.

And why would a being capable of such awesome and terrible power use it in this way? Because it had to, because it was compelled to by its own limitations. Yes, this is not the "omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent" father-god invented by the philosophers in their masturbatory desire to magnify what little they understood of their Creator. This is a Creator as revealed by the cold, hard, facts of the Universe. The Universe is not infinite; their is no reason that it's Creator must be; nor does any facet of the Universe demand omniscience on the part of its Creator. There is a difference between that which is massive, even to the point of being incomprehensible, and that which is "infinite," and we observe no true infinities in our Universe.

And so our Creator was necessarily lacking in vital knowledge, that being the knowledge of facing and overcoming limitation itself. Can a being that is alone in existence experience fear, much less conquer fear through courage? Can it overcome grief, anger, despair, and experience comfort, contentment, triumph? It can do so only through the existence as a Universe which may come to be populated by beings capable of having these feelings, with no portion of the Creator reserved outside the Creation to assuage these beings to any degree. And so, the lack of such knowledge would virtually compel the Creator to undertake the sacrifice necessary to obtain it, to exist for billions of years as our Universe, as all things in it, as all of us within it.

That, friends, is Pandeism, simply put.

What's in it for you?

Pandeism dangles no carrot of "eternal salvation" for its followers contrasted by a stick of "eternal damnation" for deniers. And yet, a wholly logical argument can be adduced by which it can be demonstrated that Pandeism presents the most coherent single worldview, and the view that would benefit each of us the most if recognized to be true and accorded consequent conduct.