Assmann describes a slightly more complex picture, in which local identities were rendered transparent and idiosyncratic differences smoothed down, allowing for interpenetration against a "common background of 'cosmotheism
If we compare the derivatives cosmotheism
, myriotheism, Moravianism, Plotinism, Psilanthropism and theanthropism coined by Coleridge to Walpole's creations balloonism and gardenist, it is obvious that the latter lack the academic flavour of the former and thus adopt a humorous connotation.
We are dealing here with a cosmotheism
of gnostic nuance: the Universe itself is God in expansion, and all beings inside the Universe are forms/morphisms of God now in an infinitely dispersive / dissipative state.
(343) See Brad Whitsel, "The Turner Diaries and Cosmotheism
: William Pierce's Theology," Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions, vol.
The paper, which retains a hypothetical character, argues that Spinoza's propositions referring to God (or involving the use of the name "God," essentially in the Ethics), can be read in a fruitful manner apart from any pre- established hypothesis concerning his own "theological preferences," as definite descriptions of three "ideas of God" which have the same logical status: one (akin to Jewish Monotheism) which identifies the idea of God with the idea of the Law, one (akin to a heretic "Socinian" version of Christianity) which identifies it with the idea of Human Love, and one (akin to a form of Cosmotheism
, rather than "Pantheism") which identifies it with Nature.
At the heart of the Christian solution to the challenges posed by Gnostic ditheism, on the one side, and pagan pan- or cosmotheism
, on the other, is (as Agamben emphasizes numerous times) a fundamentally unstable doctrine of the Trinity as an articulation of two inter-twined processes: one pertaining to God's eternal being, understood as a divine mode of self-relation, self-knowledge, or even auto-affection--an immanent trinity of substance; and one pertaining to God's eventful praxis--a trinity of revelation, or properly economic trinity, understood as the gratuitous dispensation of divine being in the world.