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Creation, doctrine of
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1. Introduction

Belief in the divine creation of the world is part of the common heritage of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. In all three religions, the relationship between God and the world is determined by the idea of creation. The accent here is on the difference between creator and creature, as expressed on the one hand in the doctrine of the original “creation from nothing” (Latin creatio ex nihilo) and on the other in that of God's ongoing preservation of creation (conservatio mun…

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Laube, Martin, “Creation, doctrine of”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 20 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_027185>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170206



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