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Fatalism
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In general the term “fatalism” denotes the idea that whatever happens is determined and caused by an irresistible, supernatural power that leaves no room for human decision. What is ordained for individuals cannot be foreseen in advance.

The Romans gave the name fatum to the power that overrules birth and death (Roman Religion). The Greeks called it Heimarmenē or Moira (Greek Religion). The incalculable aspect of destiny was also known to the Greeks as tychē and to the Romans as fortuna. The Stoics made fate the dominant principle of the universe. Yet the question of freedo…

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Pye, Michael, “Fatalism”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 15 December 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_F76>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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