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Neoplatonic Pantheism Today

Eric Steinhart

Abstract

Neoplatonism is alive and well today.  It expresses itself in New Thought and the mind-cure movements derived from it.  However, to avoid many ancient errors, Neoplatonism needs to be modernized.  The One is just the simple origin from which all complex things evolve.  The Good, which is not the One, is the best of all possible propositions.  A cosmological argument is given for the One and an ontological argument for the Good.  The presence of the Good in every thing is Spirit.  Spirit sits in the logical center of every body; it is surrounded by the regulatory forms of that body.  Striving for the Good, Spirit seeks to correct the errors in its surrounding forms.  To correct the errors in biological texts, modern Neoplatonists turn to the experimental method.  This Neoplatonism is pantheistic not because of some theoretical definition of God but rather because of its practical focus on the shaping of Spirit.

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