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Life - Natural Science
(1,927 words)

Part of Life:

1. Natural Science

2. Moral Theology

1. Scientifically speaking, no valid answer can yet be given on the question of life. But its characteristics can be described in great detail. Life is linked to protoplasm, the substance, which is the highest known form of organized matter. The protoplasm is basically a system of structures and functions in which nucleic acids, carbohydrates, fats, hormones, vitamins, and enzymes occur. This living matter never occurs, even in its simplest forms, except…

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Werner Bröker, “Life - Natural Science”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 05 March 2024 <>
First published online: 2016

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