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Title: The idea of a transcendent God
Author: McLean, Murdith
ISNI:       0000 0001 3625 6014
Awarding Body: University of Oxford
Current Institution: University of Oxford
Date of Award: 1972
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'Transcend' comes from the Latin 'tran(s)cendere': 'to climb over or beyond, surmount.' Obsolete uses of 'transcend' reflect this origin, having to do with the surmounting of some obstacle. 'A transcends B' has also been used to imply the relative superiority of A to B. 'Transcendent' has had a technical use in philosophy, where it tends to represent that which falls outside the bounds of some standard classification. Running through the various senses of 'transcendent' is the idea of surmounting limits of various kinds. These may be spoken of in a 'neutral' or a 'loaded' way. In the loaded sense, limits constitute relative disabilities; in which case we are apt to call them 'limitations' . In general, transcendence has to do with rising above limits or limitations. Talk of divine transcendence broadly accords with this. God's being 'above', independent of and distinct from the world, may be construed as his being; unbounded in many ways that the world and its parts are bounded.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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