The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 13: Revelation-Stock [NOOK Book]


Revelation may be defined as the communication of some truth by
God to a rational creature through means which are beyond the
ordinary course of nature. The truths revealed may be such as
are otherwise inaccessible to the human mind --...
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The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 13: Revelation-Stock

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Revelation may be defined as the communication of some truth by
God to a rational creature through means which are beyond the
ordinary course of nature. The truths revealed may be such as
are otherwise inaccessible to the human mind -- mysteries, which
even when revealed, the intellect of man is incapable of fully
penetrating. But Revelation is not restricted to these. God may
see fit to employ supernatural means to affirm truths, the
discovery of which is not per se beyond the powers of reason.
The essence of Revelation lies in the fact that it is the direct
speech of God to man. The mode of communication, however, may be
mediate. Revelation does not cease to be such if God's message
is delivered to us by a prophet, who alone is the recipient of
the immediate communication. Such in brief is the account of
Revelation given in the Constitution "De Fide Catholica" of the
Vatican Council. The Decree "Lamentabili" (3 July, 1907), by its
condemnation of a contrary proposition, declares that the dogmas
which the Church proposes as revealed are "truths which have
come down to us from heaven" (veritates e coelo delapsoe) and
not "an interpretation of religious facts which the human mind
has acquired by its own strenuous efforts" (prop., 22). It will
be seen that Revelation as thus explained differs clearly from:
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  • BN ID: 2940012353177
  • Publisher: New Century Books
  • Publication date: 4/4/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
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