The world view that everything exists in God, but God is somehow greater than the totality of reality; that God relates to the world as a hand relates to a glove, or as a soul relates to a body. Contemporary panentheism is promoted by process theology.
an understanding of all creation as existing in God, yet without negating the transcendence of God; often also holding that the world and God are mutually dependent upon one another for their fulfilment.
("all is in God") Panentheism is similar to pantheism ( q.v.) in that it holds that the universe is contained in God, but differs in that it holds that God is more than the universe. Because of this, panentheism is usually classed as a form of theism ( q.v.).
PH Not to be confused with Pantheism. "Panentheism says that all is in God, somewhat as if God were the ocean and we were fish. If one considers what is in God's body to be part of God, then we can say that God is all there is and then some. The universe is God's body, but God's awareness or personality is greater than the sum of all the parts of the universe. All the parts have some degree of freedom in co-creating with God. At the start of its momentary career as a subject, an experience is God--as the divine initial aim. As the experience carries on its choosing process, it is a freely aiming reality that is not strictly God, since it departs from God's purpose to some degree. Yet everything is within God" ( New Thought: A Practical American Spirituality, pp. 89).
Panentheism (from Greek: Ï€Î¬Î½ (â€˜panâ€™ ) = all, en = in, and theos = God; "all-in-God") is the theological position that God is immanent within the Universe, but also transcends it. It is distinguished from pantheism, which holds that God is synonymous with the material universe. In panentheism, God is viewed as creator and/or animating force behind the universe, and the source of universal morality.