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God, Glory of
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The phrases, “the glory of God”, “give glory to God”, "act for the glory of God”, are part of accepted Christian usage but they need to be properly explained. Understood in too anthropomorphic a way, they fail to do justice to the divine transcendence and hence to the absolutely free and disinterested love of God in his dealings with the world.

1. Scripture. Radically, the scriptural notion of the glory of God, in the general sense of the “bright majesty” of God, goes back to the Hebrew בבריהה , which is translated as δόξα by the LXX. Through this translation, it clearly determine…

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Humbert Bouëssé, “God, Glory of”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 28 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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