Ismaili Gnosis is contributing a book chapter on Islamic Metaphysics to Pandeism: An Anthology alongside numerous authors. The Abstract of the Ismaili Gnosis chapter is as follows:
“We offer a constructive critique of pandeism on philosophical grounds and propose that a Muslim Neoplatonic metaphysics (common to Shia-Ismaili, Sunni-Sufi, and several other schools of Islamic philosophy) best accounts for and explains the existence of the Universe as human beings experience it. We first argue, in partial agreement with the pandeist, that there exists a Creator of the physical Universe, who is above space and time, powerful, intelligent, and rational. We also affirm that this Creator creates the Universe for a rational end or purpose. Our critique then proceeds on two points: first, we argue that the notion of the Creator actually becoming the Universe is logically and metaphysically impossible. This is because the Creator of the Universe must necessarily be an immaterial, personal and rational Soul (or Universal Soul) that continuously creates and sustains the Universe and while also being manifest or immanent within it. Secondly, we argue that the existence of the Universe and its Creator (Universal Soul) can only be explained by a Universal Intellect as the locus of eternal truth, whose existence in turn depends upon an absolutely simple and transcendent God. According to our proposed Muslim Neoplatonic metaphysics, all existents (whether physical or metaphysical) are originated by and continuously dependent upon one single absolutely Unconditioned Reality (the God of classical theism) by the mediation of the Universal Intellect, the grounding source of all truth, intelligibility and essences (Forms), and the Universal Soul, the Creator of the Cosmos and the source of all rational and goal directed activities including humanity.”
Pandeism: An Anthology is a collection of articles by more than a dozen authors, from all over the world, presenting diverse viewpoints on the theological theory of Pandeism. The book editors invited both Atheist and Theist authors to offer their critical views on Pandeism. Authors who have committed articles to this book include an outstanding group of contributors to a variety of areas of philosophical thought. Ismaili Gnosis was solicited to provide the Muslim Neoplatonist perspective on Theism and is contributing a chapter on Islamic Metaphysics alongside the below authors.
About ‘Pandeism’ on Wikipedia
Pandeism (or pan-deism) is a theological doctrine which elegantly combines aspects of pantheism into deism. It holds that the creator deity became the universe and ceased to exist as a separate and conscious entity. Pandeism is proposed to explain, as it relates to deism, why God would create a universe and then abandon it, and as to pantheism, the origin and purpose of the universe.
The word pandeism is a hybrid blend of the root words pantheism and deism, combining Ancient Greek: πᾶν pan “all” with Latin: deus which means “god“. It was perhaps first coined in the present meaning in 1859 by Moritz Lazarus and Heymann Steinthal.
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