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Catholic Word of the Day: OCCASIONALISM, 11-01-12
CatholicReference.net ^ | 11-01-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary

Posted on 11/01/2012 8:43:21 AM PDT by Salvation

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OCCASIONALISM

The philosophical theory that denies that creatures are ever real efficient causes in the visible universe. God's direct intervention is said to bring about every single change in the material world. At once a theory of knowledge and of voluntary control of action, it assumes that when a human being wills a certain action this is the "occasional cause" for God to make a corresponding change in the visible world, and vice versa. the modern author of occasionalism was Arnold Geulincx (1624-69), Dutch Catholic theologian at Louvain who became a Calvinist. (Etym. Latin occasio, a falling down, a happening; an accidental cause.)

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TOPICS: Apologetics; Catholic; History; Theology
KEYWORDS: catholic; heresy
Sounds like heresy to me.
1 posted on 11/01/2012 8:43:28 AM PDT by Salvation
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To: Salvation

Is this similar to what Al Ghazali (Islamic theologian) taught in “The Incoherence Of The Philosophers?”


2 posted on 11/01/2012 9:22:43 AM PDT by I Shall Endure
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