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ACOSMISM

Denial of the world's existence. The theory borrowed from Oriental pantheism, taught by Hegel and others, claiming that the external world (cosmos) does not exist because it is really absorbed into God. It is the opposite of God disappearing in the world, which would be atheism. (Etym. Greek a, not + kosmos, the world.)

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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