Encyclopedia of sacred theology - pagina 25
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THE NAME ENCYCLOPEDIA § 1.
Significance of the
Since the encyclopedic, scientific and theological viewpoint of this Theological Encyclopedia differs in more than one respect from the ideas that are most widely accepted in our times, even among " believing " theologians, clearness
demands that we indicate this difference and give an account The conception of '•'•Theological Eiieyclopedia'''' itself of it. should therefore be investigated first, and this investigation should be preceded by the definition of the general conception of Encyclopedia.
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tion of the
however capable in its original.
Anemology there by.
it may be of an etymological explanation Metaphysics originated by mere accident.
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do to pass special sense with the name
a history in a name, which