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Order - Concept of Order
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Part of Order:

1. Concept of Order

2. Order of Creation

3. Supernatural Order

4. End of Man

1. Meaning. Order is a unity of many elements systematically referred to each other. These must be different from one another but they must be in a possible relation to each other and in a real order also existent (Thomas Aquinas, De Potentia, q. 7, a. 11, c.). The unity need not be rounded off, but may be open — as in the series of natural numbers. The rule which determines how the elements follow or proceed from each other in a dynamic order is called for prefer…

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Albert Keller, “Order - Concept of Order”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 04 October 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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