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Absolute, The
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The word “absolute” comes from the Lat. absolutus (loosed, completed). Taken negatively, it means the unconditioned—in metaphysics, as distinct from the finite and conditioned; in epistemology, as distinct from the indefinite and relative; and in ethics, as distinct from the provisional and only partly valid. Taken positively, in metaphysics it represents the complete and perfect being on which all that exists depends, the ground that sustains all things, the final goal toward which all reality strives. It may also be understood immanent…

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Veldhuis, Ruurd, “Absolute, The”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 01 October 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_A28>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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