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Nature and Supernature
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I. Fundamental Theology

As a result of classical cosmology and New Testament usage of the terms heavenly and earthly (e.g. 1 Cor 15:46–49; Eph 4:9–10), many early Christian writers used the expressions ὑπὲρ τὴν ϕύσιν/hypér tḗn phýsin or super naturam to denote a reality transcending nature. Latin Scholasticism was familiar with the words supernaturaliter and supernaturalis from the works of (Pseudo-) Dionysius Areopagita and John Scotus Eriugena. In the Scholastic tradition, Thomas Aquinas called grace a s…

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Saarinen, Risto, “Nature and Supernature”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 23 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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