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Pantheism - the idea that God encompasses everything; God is nature and the universe
Pantheists do not believe in a personified deity, but rather, the existence of God within everything and all forms of reality. Pantheism can take two polar definitions: in relation to theism, God is everything; in relation to atheism, the universe itself is the idea of God. Pantheistic thought can be seen in many religions including Hinduism and Buddhism; however, it is most prevalent in revivalist Pagan traditions. Druidism, Shamanism, and other eclectic Pagan traditions include honoring nature as divinity with principles such as environmentalism and veganism. Pantheists often relates mathematical relationships to nature, finding order and beauty within the universe; this is why pantheism is often symbolized by the iconic golden ratio/spiral galaxy/spiral shell.
Notable Pantheists[x]: Albert Einstein, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Walt Whitman, Lao Tzu, Nikola Tesla