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COSMIC EVOLUTION

A theory of the world's origin and nature which holds that, under God, the whole visible universe, including humans, was and still is in process; it is moving toward perfection by an inner determinism that is inevitable. All humans can do is assist or accelerate the evolution but in no way resist or check its necessary development.

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

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