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Predestination - Concept and History of the Problem
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Part of Predestination:

1. Concept and History of the Problem

2. Theological Explanation

Two aspects are to be clearly distinguished from the start: the divine prevision which belongs to the order of knowledge, and predestination, which involves much more. In the latter, God is envisaged as the creator and conserver of the world, the primary mover who moves all secondary causes, including the human will. He moves the will in such a way that its free decisions are ultimately effects of God’s primary causality…

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Henri Rondet, “Predestination - Concept and History of the Problem”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 02 October 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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