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5 - To and for God

Final Causation and God as the Origin and Goal of Creation

from I - Participation and Causation

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  15 August 2019

Andrew Davison
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University of Cambridge
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The final chapter of the opening five (on creation's relation to God as its cause) considers God as the final cause of creation: the goal, and one toward whom creation, and creatures, are oriented. This aspect of the relation of creation to God is particularly to be associated with the Holy Spirit. We look at what it means for a creature to achieve its fulfilment, and how that relates to God. For rational creatures, this is to be found most of all in knowing and loving God, in the beatific vision. A social dimension to human perfection is part of this.

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Participation in God
A Study in Christian Doctrine and Metaphysics
, pp. 113 - 132
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2019

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  • To and for God
  • Andrew Davison, University of Cambridge
  • Book: Participation in God
  • Online publication: 15 August 2019
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108629287.007
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  • To and for God
  • Andrew Davison, University of Cambridge
  • Book: Participation in God
  • Online publication: 15 August 2019
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108629287.007
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  • To and for God
  • Andrew Davison, University of Cambridge
  • Book: Participation in God
  • Online publication: 15 August 2019
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108629287.007
Available formats
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