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God-World Relationship
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1. The relationship between God and the world can be understood in various ways: as a relationship of knowledge or being, between God and the world or between the world and God. In each case the significance and our certainty are different. The central problem today is the relationship of being (the real relation) between God arid the world. The introductory remarks about the other relationships lead up to this.

a) The relationship of knowledge. In contrast to theology, philosophy is constituted by the fact that its knowledge ascends from the world to God. Basic notes…

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Walter Kern, “God-World Relationship”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 26 February 2024 <>
First published online: 2016

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