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Self-realization of God
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[German Version]

The concept of God’s self-realization answers the unfathomable question I. Kant had God ask himself: “But whence do I come, then?” (KrV, B 645) – answers it by showing why it does not even arise. Only an existence of God construed as facticity must face that question. But God does not, as it were, just finds himself there; all that he is is also through him. His existence is only his own performance of this existence. God’s self-realization grasps his selfhood as such: as constituted absolutely by God himself. The supreme being is only per seipsam quid est (Anselm of Canterb…

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Ringleben, Joachim, “Self-realization of God”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 22 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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