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World Picture
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A world picture is a set of statements about reality into which all immediate data are fitted. A world picture only really functions if all that is encountered can at least on principle be assigned a place in it. Further, since it can fit all realities into its system, a world picture makes reality intelligible, even if no explicit explanation is articulated.

World pictures use for instance causality, to divide things into cause and effect, and evolutionary processes which show against the background of causality the combination of phenomena into earlier a…

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Joseph Meurers, “World Picture”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 23 February 2024 <>
First published online: 2016

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