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In the Summa Theologica (First Part, Question 104, Article 3), Aquinas asks "Whether God can annihilate anything?" He concludes, Some have held that God, in giving existence to creatures, acted from natural necessity. Were this true, God could not annihilate anything, since His nature cannot change. But, as we have said above, such an opinion is entirely ...


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Opening Making a distinction between a mortal thing and to annihilate something. With the former, a mortal thing can be killed, made to die, die, with the latter, an annihilated thing is reduced to nothing. From a Catholic perspective, to create means to call [a being] into existence out of nothing. CCC IN BRIEF 318 No creature has the infinite ...


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First, the idea of the immortality of the soul comes from the Greek dualistic view of body and soul as separate, with a mortal body and an immortal soul. Immortality belongs to God alone (I Tim. 6:16) in the sense of before creation and on to eternity. God offers eternal life (John 3:15–16; 10:28; 17:2; Rom. 2:7; 6:23; 1 Cor. 15:42f; 50, 54; Gal. 6:8; 1 ...



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