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Order - Order of Creation
(426 words)

Part of Order:

1. Concept of Order

2. Order of Creation

3. Supernatural Order

4. End of Man

This highly controversial term is used in modern Reformed theology to designate a number of social relationships such as marriage and family, people, State and economy (also the Church, according to Bonhoeffer) where everyone finds himself, including the Christian, prior to and independently of his being a Christian, so to speak, and where he is subject to the commandments which God gave as creator and to which he obliges …

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Pieter Smulders, “Order - Order of Creation”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 29 November 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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