Unreasonable Force

Panentheism: The Other God Of the Philosophers—From Plato to the Present
by John W. Cooper
Baker Academic, 2006
(358 pages, $34.99, hardcover)

reviewed by L. P. Fairfield

“In mainline intellectual circles, panentheism has gained the position held by Deism in the Enlightenment,” writes John W. Cooper, professor of philosophical theology at Calvin Seminary, in his lucid survey of the idea’s rise to dominant influence in Western thought over the last two centuries.

It is widely regarded as the universal “natural religion” or “rational theology” implicit in the various positive religions. Like English in international affairs, panentheism has become the common language in the . . .

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