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Analogy of Being
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A. Introduction

In the exercise of its freedom and knowledge, the human spirit stands in the light of what is unconditional, yet attains the plenitude of this latter only in and through the finite. By its very nature, therefore, it is subject to the law of analogy. Hence analogy is decisively located in the ontological relation between God and finite being and in the cognitive relation between the finite mind and each of these.

In all this, analogy must not be regarded from the start as a derivative compromise and hal…

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Jörg Splett and Lourencino Bruno Puntel, “Analogy of Being”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 27 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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