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Nature - Philosophical and Theological
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Part of Nature:

1. Philosophical and Theological

2. Naturalism

3. Nature and Grace

A. The Philosophical Concept

The word “nature”, strictly speaking, means birth, going forth (nasci, φύεσθαι). It is used to designate both the constant rise of the individual being in its reality (the essence as actively realized) or the totality of all beings in its constant course. This totality is understood either as self-explanatory (in the Greek notion of φύσις or in a pantheistic concept of natura naturans) or as creation.…

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Jörg Splett and Juan Alfaro, “Nature - Philosophical and Theological”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 01 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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