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DISTINCTION, LOGICAL

Difference between things that depends on thought alone and is not found in the thing itself because of no real plurality in the thing thought about. It may be a purely mental (nominal) distinction, as the difference between Christ as Savior and as Redeemer. Or it may be a virtual (metaphysical) distinction, as the differences among the divine attributes, which are really one in God but rich enough to present various aspects of this single reality to the human mind.

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

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