Pantheism and Panentheism. The sensibilities embodied in these philosophies have long been dear to me. Reverence for earth, for nature, does seem a fundamental appointment of our circumstance. Providence certainly has found us here on earth and there could be no better way to honor God than reverence through nature. The notion of Pantheism, that God is all things, does not feel right to me. Panentheism has God being in all things but greater than that. My sense is that all alludes to God, who is neither the sum of all things, nor in any way contained by being in all things. That we are sentient beings, aware of the world around us, gives us the opportunity to consider God. This, I think, is the nature of the relationship between ourselves, things and God. Our sentiency gives awareness to things and we then consider God.
Consciousness, awareness and sentiency, like anything else that we can experience or be aware of, exist. I believe all that does exist always has existed and always will exist. There is a constant evolution of what is but never an addition or subtraction from it. It is these attributes of existence that, I think, point to the existence of God. A consciousness, awareness and sentiency that exists, with or without us. That is to say I do not think these qualities are caused by our existence, by the evolution of matter into what we are.
The Mystic Tourist