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Being - Nothingness
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Part of Being:

1. Being and Beings

2. Nothingness

1. The state of the question. There are several important theological reasons for the consideration of non-being or nothingness. a) The Christian faith considers that the world was created out of nothing. The Christian understanding of fall, redemption and fulfilment of the world is determined throughout by this irretrievable commencement. What does “nothing” mean here? b) All statements about God affirm rather what he is not than what he is. This is true even…

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Klaus Hemmerle, “Being - Nothingness”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 06 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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