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'In agro dominico' - March 27, 1329
The papal bull condemning Meister Eckhart 

Articles 1-3 : The Creation of the World

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The second article is understood thus to mean the eternal existence of the world for the divine wisdom, that is: beyond the world’s existence in time. There isn’t anything that God doesn’t know in order to know it or choose it or do it later. In this sence it can indeed be said that the world has existed from eternity. 

The pope’s (very grave) mistake here is that he ascribes time to God’s being (knowing it or not), since only in time the notions of ‘before’ and ‘after’ have meaning, and only thus one can say that God at some ‘moment’ ‘decided’ to create the world. If ‘time’ of the Deity is the eternity, the distinct ‘moment’ of creation does not exist for God, but only for the world, which is created in time. 

On the other hand, the ‘naïve’ faithful that listened to Eckhart were not in danger more than they were by listening to Christ himself saying that ‘you are all Gods and Children of the Highest’. A ‘devaluation’ of the world does not avoid the scandal of pantheism, it avoids salvation. Christian faith in any case is a scandal, since it is based on the union of time with eternity, of the becoming with the immutable and of man with God.  

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