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Creatio continua
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[German Version]

(“continuous creation”) aims to express the idea that the created world is dependent at each moment in its temporal existence on the active presence of God for its maintenance and subsistence. The term interprets the conservatio and at the same time shifts it in the closest conceivable proximity of the concept of initial creation (VI): “For God, creation and maintenance are one and the same thing” (Luther). If creation is not to remain a speculative idea, of no consequence for faith, then it must be understood from the perspective …

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Link, Christian, “Creatio continua”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 02 April 2023 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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