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Concursus Dei
(370 words)

[German Version]

This expression denotes God's creative cooperation (or “concurrence”) in the relative acts of creatures (Free will) against the background of the noetic distinction between being and action. With the emergence of Aristotelianism in the 13th century, the term, which originated in Roman civil law (“coincidence of multiple claims”), was applied to the philosophical/theological problem of cooperation between causa prima and causae secundae (Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologiae 1, q. 105, a. 5); it was an important issue in the complex differences betwe…

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Plathow, Michael, “Concursus Dei”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 27 May 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_03186>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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