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(permissio) in the doctrine of providence emphasizes God’s effective role, especially in gov-ernment (gubernatio) – as distinct from the modes of hindrance and restriction (impeditio and determinatio), and direction (directio) – in recognizing the independence of his creatures, even when this is a possible basis for evil, sin, and suffering, including the risk of claims to independence of God (Ps 81:13; Rom 1:24, 28). Permission is linked to the problem of theodicy. God does not will evil, sin, and suffering, even if they oc…

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Plathow, Michael, “Permission”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 03 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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