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The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Being [Heb. baṭṭuḥôṯ] (“in the inward being,” Ps. 51:6 [MT 8]); AV “in the inward parts”; NEB “in darkness”; [be‘ôḏî] (“while I have being,” Ps. 104:33; 146:2); NEB “all my life”; [nep̱eš] (Gen. 2:7); NEB CREATURE; [Gk. eimí] (“have being,” Acts 17:28); NEB EXIST; [psychḗ] (1 Cor. 15:45);
Baker Encyclopedia of Christian Apologetics
Causality, Principle Of
Causality, Principle of. The principle of causality is a first principle. All first principles are self-evident or reducible to the self-evident. But not everything self-evident in itself appears to be self-evident to everyone. The principle of causality (see First Principles) fits that category and
Dictionary of Theological Terms
Arguments for God’s Existence
Arguments for God’s ExistenceThe evidences produced, by the use of logic, in favour of God’s existence. Some have held that by one or other of these arguments the existence of God can be demonstrated or proved. Others hold that a demonstration is not possible, but that the accumulated weight of the
Evangelical Dictionary of Theology
Being. The most general property common to everything there is. In early Greek philosophy being was usually contrasted with becoming or change. Being was associated with perfection, and perfection could not change, since change would be for the worse. Parmenides held that the world did not change; apparent
The Jonathan Edwards Encyclopedia
BeingEdwards began his philosophical speculations by reflecting on the nature of being, thus returning to the ontological concerns of the ancient Ionian philosophers. Harvey Townsend characterized Edwards as first and foremost a metaphysician because of his ontological speculations. The idea of being
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
EXISTENCE [אַיִןʾayin, הָיָהhayah, יֵשׁyesh; βίος bios, γένεσις genesis, ἐιμί eimi, ζωή zōē]. Existence is the fact of being. The word can be used to refer to any entity or object whether animate or inanimate, natural or supernatural—as long as the entity or object is known to be or considered
New Dictionary of Theology: Historical and Systematic
BEINGBeing, or *ontology (what there is), is a very difficult term to pin down, and different thinkers have meant quite different things by it. Rather than give a survey of different ways in which this term has been used in the philosophical literature, fascinating though that is, what follows is restricted