self-existent


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self-existent

adj
(Philosophy) philosophy existing independently of any other being or cause
ˌself-exˈistence n
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This hand seemed a thing apart, self-existent, with no corporeal attachment, and it appeared and disappeared like an apparition as the thumb-pressure wavered on the switch.
Shakspeare carries us to such a lofty strain of intelligent activity as to suggest a wealth which beggars his own; and we then feel that the splendid works which he has created, and which in other hours we extol as a sort of self-existent poetry, take no stronger hold of real nature than the shadow of a passing traveller on the rock.
In "None Like Him: 10 Ways God Is Different from Us (and Why That's a Good Thing)" Jen points out that Christians consider God to be self-existent, self-sufficient, eternal, immutable, omnipresent, omniscient, omnipotent, sovereign, infinite, and incomprehensible--and we human beings are not.
Jesus is the self-existent, preexistent, omnipotent, eternal, Creator God.
And again, this is supposed to imply that existing necessarily is the same as being self-existent, which is not obvious.
When both atheists and non-Christians throw the sensible question as to who created the God, they just take a leap of faith and accept that He is self-existent without a beginning or end.
In them, she offers us, like many modern poets, a vision of the self-existent God who "grants / Existence momently, then gives himself/Again in drawing you in caritas" (Taken 14).
a self-existent, immutable, immaterial, omnipotent, and omniscient Being" (p.
Drawing on an idea credited to the Neo-platonist thinker Plotinus, theologians like Augustine and Aquinas saw evil not as an independent, self-existent entity or idea, but as a privation.
The Self-Existent created the sense organs to turn outward.
God is, according to Leibniz, the self-existent and self-actualizing substance upon whom the possibility of all other existences rests.
Paragraphs 3 and 4 affirm the eternity of the universe, as a necessary manifestation of divine activity: 'The perfect and self-existent Intelligence did not pass an eternal Duration without doing Good' ([section]3).