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Determinism and Creation

Thomas F. Torrance

in Divine and Contingent Order

Published in print July 1981 | ISBN: 9780198266587
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683053 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198266587.003.0001
Determinism and Creation

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There are three overlapping ideas here which are of relevance for this chapter. First, there is the doctrine of the One God, the Creator of all things visible and invisible, and the ultimate source of all order and rationality. This carried with it a rejection of the dualism, pluralism, and polymorphism of ancient philosophy, religion, and science, and thus gave rise to the conception of the universe as one harmonious system of things. Second is the infinite difference between the being of the Creator and the being of all created reality. Third is the transcendence of God over all space and time. It implies that the interaction of God with the universe he has made rests on the free ground of his own eternal being.

Keywords: determinism; creation; dualism; pluralism; One God; polymorphism

Chapter.  9726 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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