Omnitheism is a religious concept
that suggests that there is some truth to be gained from all religion
s, and that all religions offer a path
to reaching God
(or a similar higher spiritual force
). The word combines Latin omni
meaning "all" with Greek theism
meaning "belief in a theos"--a God or other divine force. An interesting parallel occurs with Pandeism
, which combines Greek Pan
, derived from the Latin Deus
, but has a very different meaning. Another related comcept is Pantheism
, the belief that all things are part of God.
Omnitheism recognizes that almost all religions aim for essentially the same thing: the recognition
of a spiritual force, which is thought to be responsible for the Creation
of the Universe
. Omnitheists therefore respect and honor all religions to the extent that those religions practice tolerance
towards one another.
The word "omnitheism" is something of a neologism
, with usage in internet forums
going back to the mid-1990s. Other words which have been used with this meaning include Universalism
, although each has had different nuance.