UNH Speakers Bureau
There has been a little revival of interest in pantheism recently, the belief that God and nature are ultimately the same thing. In its modern form, however, pantheism goes back to the Romantic movement of the early nineteenth century in Germany, Britain, and the United States. It grew out of the rediscovery of the seventeenth-century Dutch Jewish philosopher Spinoza, but just as much out of a new appreciation for the beauty and creative powers of nature. Today it seems to respond to the environmental crisis as well as to the claim that science must be hostile to religious feeling.