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Visio Dei
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[German Version]

I. Eschatology

According to Matt 5:8, the visio Dei or vision of God is a promised good; Paul contrasts the eschatological vision “face to face” (1 Cor 13:12) to the broken, fragmentary perception of faith in the present (cf. 2 Cor 5:7). Against the background of the Platonic notion of participation through knowledge, Augustine of Hippo developed a doctrine of the visio Dei or visio beatifica (“beatific vision”) as the epitome of the eternal frui Deo (“enjoyment of God”) granted to the redeemed. The Latin Middle…

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Oberdorfer, Bernd, “Visio Dei”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 23 January 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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