A ação criadora de Deus na teologia filosófica de Xavier Zubiri

Translated title of the contribution: The creative action of God in philosophical theology of Xavier Zubiri

Samuel Fernando Rodrigues Dimas*

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Creation means the gift of God of a reality that is not His and hence the reality of the world. Creation is not an emanation but rather an action that imposes a reality transcendental to God (alterity) based upon nothing (ex nihilo). Creation is a free act of will that involves a sequential process beginning with God ad extra rather than the ad intra of His own Trinitarian processions. God, as a subsistent reality, endows subsistent reality to the closed created essences of the material world, which are progressively built up based on God himself in a process more generally termed evolution. The nature of an open essence is the moment of finitude that ad extra shapes Trinitarian life. Contrary to what happens with the creation of the stars and the stones, in the creation of open essences, thus, human beings, there is no distinctive idea on behalf of God in their creation. The idea that prevails throughout the creation of open essences is the very divine reality prevailing in Trinitarian life. The human person is a finite form of being as is God in terms of intelligence, will and feeling and living as God lives trinitarily.

Translated title of the contributionThe creative action of God in philosophical theology of Xavier Zubiri
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)489-505
Number of pages17
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015


  • Creation
  • Trinitarian processions
  • Transcendence of God
  • Open world
  • Reality
  • Closed essences
  • Open essences


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