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Predestination - Theological Explanation
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Part of Predestination:

1. Concept and History of the Problem

2. Theological Explanation

Predestination is only one aspect of the mystery of the universal causality of God in relation to the independent freedom of the creature. It is merely the application, on the level of action, of the mystery of the co-existence of the infinite divine reality with created beings which really are. They are genuine realities, different from God and valid even before him, and as such utterly and entirely upheld by God. Thus predestination means the eternal “divine” decree, ordained to t…

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Karl Rahner, “Predestination - Theological Explanation”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 29 February 2024 <>
First published online: 2016

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