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TELEOLOGY

The doctrine that there is purpose or finality in the world, that nothing ever happens merely by chance, and that no e\complete account of the universe is possible without final reference to an all-wise God. (Etym. Greek telos, end, completion + logia, knowledge, science.)

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

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