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Malebranche's Concept of Creationism

Author(s): Dalia Marija Stančienė
Subject(s): Philosophy
Published by: Visuomeninė organizacija »LOGOS«
Keywords: creationism; God; Descartes; reason; will; mystery; good; love

Summary/Abstract: This article unfolds the concept of divine creation by the famous French philosopher Nicolas Malebranche, who tried to answer the question how it is possible that omnipotent and omniscient God, who lacks nothing, creates something else. As a Christian, Malebranche believes that the world is created by God, but as a philosopher he tries to understand and rationally explain the Creation. His attitude and attempts could be characterised by the famous saying that faith looks for understanding (Fides quarens intellectum). He tries to understand why and how God created the world. In doing this he relies on Descartes' claim (The Third Meditation) that man is related to God by the twofold relation of dependence and independence, and finally comes to the conclusion that since God created it follows that He wanted.

  • Issue Year: 2005
  • Issue No: 43
  • Page Range: 35-44
  • Page Count: 10
  • Language: Lithuanian