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The collective term, supernaturalism, designates a number of theological trends of the late 18th and the first half of the 19th century, which strove to defend against Naturalism and Rationalism the supernatural character of revelation and its special importance as a source of knowledge which was not to be reduced to natural reason.

1. Historical background. Supernaturalism was part of the Church’s reaction to the emancipation of the world (see Secularization), or rather, to the intellectual abandonment of the unity of the medieval order. It was one of the efforts…

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Ernst Niermam, “Supernaturalism”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 06 October 2022 <>
First published online: 2016

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