It is necessary at the outset of this article to distinguish between morality and ethics , terms not seldom employed synonymously. Morality is antecedent to ethics : it denotes those concrete activities of which ethics is the science . It may be defined as human conduct in so far as it is freely subordinated to the ideal of what is right and fitting. This ideal governing our free actions is common to the race. Though there is wide divergence as to theories of ethics , there is a fundamental agreement among men regarding the general lines of conduct desirable in public and private life. Thus Mr. Hobhouse has well said: "The comparative study of ethics , which is apt in its earlier stages to impress the student with a bewildering sense of the diversity of moral judgments , ends rather by impressing them with a more fundamental and far-reaching uniformity. Through the greatest extent of time and space over which we have records, we find a recurrence of the common features of ordinary morality, which to my mind at least is not less impressive than the variations which also appear" (Morals in Evolution , I, i, n. 11).
Panentheism holds that God contains, but is not identical to, the Universe. The distinctions between the two are subtle, and many consider them unhelpful. Kabbalah, Jewish mysticism, paints a pantheistic/panentheistic view of God, which has wide acceptance in Hasidic Judaism, particularly from their founder The Baal Shem Tov. It is also the view of the Liberal Catholic Church, Theosophy, Hinduism , some divisions of Buddhism , and Taoism , along with many varying denominations and individuals within denominations.