Ok, without even reading it, I can see why panentheism keeps seeming “compatible” for me. I’m not saying it’s what I believe. I’m saying it’s compatible with my beliefs or rather, it doesn’t seem to be against my beliefs.
Panentheism and Scientific Naturalism: Rethinking Evil, Morality, Religious Experience, Religious Pluralism, and the Academic Study of Religion (Toward Ecological Civilization) (Volume 2), David Ray Griffin
Can scientific naturalism, according to which there are no interruptions of the normal cause-effect relations, be compatible with divine activity, religious experience, and moral realism? Leading process philosopher of religion David Ray Griffin argues that panentheism provides the conceptual framework to overcome the perennial conflicts between these views, with important implications for religious pluralism, the problem of evil, and the academic study of religion. Panentheism—God as the soul of the world—explains how theism can be fully natural while still portraying God as distinct from and more than the world. Griffin’s Panentheism and Scientific Naturalism is an essential source for philosophers of religion and others seeking to reconcile faith with science and Christianity with other religions.
Most formulations of panentheism I’ve seen do not include supernaturalism and usually panentheism is pitted as opposing supernatural theism.
In short, with panentheism, there wouldn’t be any noticeable difference if you were materialist or panentheist. World’s not going to fall apart either way.
But I’m looking for “chinks” in the armor as it were. It’s one of the reasons I move away from panentheism and come back to it every few years:
I can’t find the conflict, except for a vagueness I see among people who proclaim panentheism that gather in groups to talk about things, which I probably find a little annoying because they remind me of me.
This is where I am. I usually use the word agnostic and will probably continue to for the most part but I just wanted to go over again certain repeating themes in my life I see over and over again, and direct experience / intuition / noetic / emergence / etc comes back over and over again as themes.