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Eternity - Theological
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Part of Eternity:

1. Biblical

2. Theological

1. General concept. If one discounts the vague scriptural use of “eternity” to indicate “a very long duration”, one Can distinguish in general three uses of this concept:a) eternity as unlimited time, which is the way in which the unreflecting mind represents the eternity of God. Yet one also finds this meaning given to it by philosophers (Descartes, Lequier); it represents a constant temptation for philosophical thought, b) Eternity as timelessness (the etern…

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Joseph de Finance, “Eternity - Theological”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 28 November 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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