Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Terminology Tuesday: Monism

Monism: Any antidualist philosophy that appeals to one unifying principle to explain all that is. In response to the metaphysical questions “How many things are real or exist?” monism answers, “Only one reality or thing” or “One kind of thing with many different things within that category” (attributive monism). In effect, monism allows for no distinction between God and creation.1

1. Stanley J. Grenz, David Guretzki & Cherith Fee Nordling, Pocket Dictionary of Theological Terms (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1999), p. 80.


3 Comments

  1. Ex N1hilo July 29, 2011

    For a good introduction to Buddhist monism, Ellis Potter's lecture "The Real Problem with Buddhism" is fascinating.

    "If everything is one, then relationships are wrong. If everything is one, then hatred is evil. If everything is one, love is evil."

  2. Davitor August 1, 2011

    So if you apply this logic to God's omnipresent and omniscient then God hates and is evil.

  3. Ex N1hilo August 5, 2011

    Davitor,

    No, because God is triune, not impersonal nor unitarian.