God and Creation - Key Terminology

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Aitia
Is the Greek word used by Aristotle meaning cause, law or characteristic
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Substantial change
Refers to when matter undergoes a change which cannot be reversed.
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Accidental change
Refers to where matter remains the same but other factors (such as place and quantity) can be reversed.
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Immanence
Describes God's omnipresence and involvement in the particular processes and events of the universe.
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Ens
Latin term Aquinas used to explain existence, it is a thing's being.
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Esse
Latin term Aquinas used to explain existence, it is the way a thing exists.
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Divine Simplicity
Is the principle that God exists as one single entity. He cannot be divided (into matter and form), he has no parts and has no dimensions.
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Gnostic Christians
Considered the world to be evil and corrupt, created by a lower power. Salvation lay in acquiring special knowledge or gnosis which would enable them to escape the world and be united with God.
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Actus Purus (Latin)
Is the Latin phrase meaning "pure act" and describes God's constant creative activity.
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Plenitude
Means fullness and describes the state of the greatest possible perfection.
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Predestination
Is God's eternal plan or decree that humans will be saved because of God's grace in Jesus Christ. Some theologians argue that salvation is only for the few chosen elect.
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Quantum physics
Suggests that the behaviour of sub-atomic particles are predictions based on probabilities and not certainties as in Newtonian physics.
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Big Bang
Is the cataclysmic event scientists estimate to have taken place 14 billion years ago which brought the universe and time into being.
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Neo-Thomism
Refers to the modern revival and adaptation of Aquinas' teaching.
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Providence
Is God's action in the world generally (as creator) and specifically (in human history and miracles).
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Deism
Is the belief that God is an ultimate cause or principle but that he plays no active part in the universe.
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Interdeterminate
Is a mathematical term to mean that there are any number of solutions to a problem.
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Dipolar relationship
In process theology describes the way God persuades rather than orders creation to fulfill its potentials.
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Capriciousness
Means to act in sudden and unexpected ways for no apparent reason.
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