Very often in responding to commentaries
, I am in the mode of defending against attack
from those on the outside.
But not today.
Former Jehovah's Witness
podcaster Daniel Torridon
has in the past few weeks posted an absolutely fascinating pair of podcasts, The Freedom to Rethink God—My Journey to Pandeism
and Why I Swapped Christianity for Pandeism
(text version available here
). The first of these is more on the reasoning by which he entered into questioning of his previous religious conditioning, but the second very squarely enters into the deep philosophical substance of Pandeism, and why he finds that it works and makes sense
For the most part I find this analysis entirely agreeable
. There are a few points which I would perhaps not so much disagree with, but would provide clarification
for from a slightly different pandeistic point of view
Daniel states that what is conventionally called "God
" (and what he calls "Source
" and I call "Creator
") seems not to intervene in our Universe
because it "no longer exists." In my view, such phrasing imports the notion that the Creator has fully destroyed itself in becoming our Universe, but I do not consider this becoming
to be a destruction
at all, any more than the caterpiller
has ceased to exist (or destroyed itself) when it becomes a butterfly
, or that an awake person no longer exists when they become a dreaming
person. Insofar as becoming our Universe may be intended as an exercise in experiencing our Universe, the becoming is a transformation
, but not a necessarily permanent and final destruction of being. Though there are indeed different schools of thought within Pandeism on this point, the more popular one is that our Universe may, at the end of its intended course, return to the Creator-state it inhabited before (with the added experience of all that existed without our Universe diring its time).
On one additional note, Daniel notes that though he has never seen an actual miracle
, he did in one period experience feeling his spirituality 'ascend' a level. He writes: "It may be that I was connecting to a Universal force of some kind—a residue of an initial spirit being, or Source,—or I may have just been imagining things." These are both valid possibilities within a pandeistic framework. And although miraculous experiences are not required or even inherently proposed to exist within Pandeism, they are certainly accounted
for -- this accounting being in the very nature of our Universe as the current state of the substance of our Creator, and ourselves as part of the same. Hence the occasional mantra
that "Pandeism fully accounts
Daniel states as well that "the more I study science, quantum physics and so forth, the more I find thoughts and ideas that fit into this Pandeistic worldview" -- another point which I wholly agree with and appreciate, even as he concedes (as any logical person ought to as to any theological model), "nevertheless, all that said and done, I accept that Pandeism may simply not be true." And it may not -- but what elegance to our existence there is, if it is. Blessings!!