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The “world” is one of the central notions of philosophy and theology, both of which tell of “God and the world”. This article will discuss the various formal notions of the world, the various ways in which it can be understood, in the light of linguistic, historical and conceptual data. For other aspects, see World Picture, God-World Relationship, Church and World.

A. Linguistic Usage

The English word “world” (cf. Old English woruld) is probably from wer, man, and the root of old. …

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Gerd Haeffner, “World”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 01 October 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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