They are very similar, but the real difference is that in Pantheism: God = nature(or reality).<quoted text>
Panentheism (from Greek πᾶν ; (pân) "all"; ἐν (en) "in"; and θεό ς (theós) "God"; "all-in-God") is a belief system which posits that the divine (be it a monotheistic God, polytheistic gods, or an eternal cosmic animating force) interpenetrates every part of nature and timelessly extends beyond it. Panentheism differentiates itself from pantheism, which holds that the divine is synonymous with the universe.
Sounds like god is everything and everywhere. Either version.
God "interpenetrates every part of nature."t.
In Panentheism, God = nature, and with a "force" behind it. Hence the slight injection of theism. Its my bias as a Jew. Some say they ARE the same.
But the idea is that creation IS revelation. We are basically emanations of the "divine" flow. The divine part is often hidden during ordinary day to day consciousness. Our job (or rather my job, as a Jew) is to seek out that and recognize that divine in my everyday as often as possible. The mitzvot, prayer, and study are technologies to enable me recognize the divine in the moment. Practice makes perfect.
Because obviously there is a belief that ones quality of life is better WITH an awareness, then without. Maybe not for everyone, maybe not for you. Maybe you are already enlightened, and everyone else is not (yet). I think either one has a yearning to explore whats out there, or not. Its the same yearning that motivates people into science IMO. But the subject matter is more squishy.<quoted text>But what god? who is god? What is the nature of god? Why believe in this and not just enjoy nature and life? it's what we know. Anything else is pure imagination. The elephant I can't see and choose not to speculate about.
I keep bringing the martial arts up, because, to me, it was part of my own motivation to understand what is out there. I was blown away the first time I received acupuncture (Traditional Chinese Medicine - same paradigm as martial arts). Transfer of energy (chi) was and is to me REAL. I could feel it. Made me wonder what else was out there to learn about. So I explored.(Dont even get me into the subject of talking to trees). Like religion, its not the theory that amazes me, its the experiences. The theory comes later once the brain catches up.