Pandeism: An Anthology is a collection of articles by more than a dozen authors, from all over the world, presenting diverse viewpoints on the theological theory of Pandeism. This Kickstarter is not simply funding a book and a writing competition, but bringing about awareness that spirituality can be more than a binary option. We need your help to show that there's more than just the endless argument between Atheism and Theism. Even if you disagree with the proposition we discuss, you can help others to learn about the range of options which do exist. We would prefer 2,450 aware supporters pledging a dollar apiece than a dozen supporters carrying the whole load, but we recognize that this is not typical or likely. We are extremely appreciative of those who have done more -- most especially those who use this Kickstarter as a venue to get the book itself.
The theory of Pandeism seeks to reconcile aspects of Pantheism and Deism, proposing as a logical possibility that we are all part of a Creator which became our Universe to experience existence through our lives. This theory is proposed to be a more elegant and parsimonious model than theistic faiths, with implications argued to be more conducive to the promotion of a framework of peace.
This anthology is the first of its kind -- though Pandeism has been identified in philosophies going back thousands of years, was first identified as a formal theological category over 150 years ago, and has been touched on by dozens of writers, it has not itself been the subject of a book dedicated to examining it for over a hundred years. It is important to note that though all of these articles are in some way or another about Pandeism, they are not all advocating of the theory -- indeed, we as compilers as well as writers have taken the unusual step of intently soliciting and receiving commitments from Atheist and Theist authors offering their critical views on Pandeism. In addition, our anthology contains articles examining the implications of Pandeism as a position favorable to Transhumanism, interpretable through the lens of Mythohistoricism, and explanatory of topics arising in consciousness theory and near-death experiences.
Authors who have committed articles to this book include an outstanding group of contributors to a variety of areas of philosophical thought:
- Michael Arnheim (barrister and Deist, United Kingdom)
- Robert G. Brown (physicist and philosopher, United States)
- Dan Dana (Atheist writer, United States)
- Alan Dawe (author of the award-winning "The God Franchise," New Zealand)
- Orlando Alcántara Fernández (Christian poet, Dominican Republic)
- Ismaili Gnosis (Muslim Neoplatonist philosopher)
- Phillip Alexander Jones (Pandeist transhumanist, United Kingdom)
- Bernardo Kastrup (computer scientist and philosopher of consciousness, Netherlands)
- William C. Lane (lawyer and philosopher, United States)
- Raphael Lataster (religious studies scholar, Australia)
- Knujon Mapson (Pandeist theologian, United States)
- Poffo Ortiz (Biopantheist author and artist, United States)
- Anthony Peake (Author and lecturer on consciousness, United Kingdom)
- Amy Perry (transcendental poet, United States)
- Julian West (historian of mythology, United States)
Though we consider this to be a quite thorough and compelling collection, we remain open to outstanding submissions from other excellent authors.
Additionally, and concurrent with the date of our Kickstarter launch, we are launching a national collegiate writing competition, inviting students from philosophy, theology, and other relevant programs around the US to submit an article on this subject of between 3,000 and 6,000 words, with the winning submission to receive publication in this collection as well. We are excited to give college students a reason to study a very deep and encompassing topic in philosophy, and a rare opportunity to earn publication alongside our outstanding authors.
Risks and challenges
Once this project is funded, we face the risks inherent to an anthology of contributions from different writers -- it is possible that circumstances may prevent one or more of our writers from coming through with their promised pieces. If this happens, the book will go forward, but with less original content than planned.
Conversely, our authors may end up being more loquacious than expected, or other authors may volunteer articles, and we may end up with a larger book than expected, leading to increased editing costs, which we will have to find a way to cover.
A few addenda worth of note: firstly, this book has already been accepted for publication by a reputable publisher (John Hunt Publishing, to be released on its Iff Books imprint), but an author subsidy of $2,011 was requested; and was advanced by our literary agent, to whom it is now due and owing, in addition to other fees for services. If our project gets funded beyond what we request above, all extra funds will go to cover costs of raising awareness about this book and the unique ideas it presents. We have for example set up www.pandeismanthology.com, which will have perpetual costs associated with its maintenance.
Because the articles for this book are being written by a dozen different authors, and based on the publication schedule proposed by our publisher (estimated four months from submission of the final manuscript), print publication is expected to arrive in August. It is possible that late receipt of chapters from authors may delay that, but if one author's submission would delay the book excessively, we will simply have to move forward without that, and perhaps hold it for a follow-up volume.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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