Terminology Tuesday: Emanation

*A term meaning literally “a flowing down from.” The term arose out of ancient Greek philosophies that understood creation to be an overflow of the fullness of God rather than something created by God out of nothing (ex nihilo). The idea of creation as an emanation of God was used by certain medieval philosophers and theologians to suggest that creation is really a hierarchy of order flowing down from God through the spiritual world of angels, the material world of humans and animals, and finally to the world of physical objects.

God Bless

Brian Mason

**Stanley J. Grenz, David Guretzki & Cherith Fee Nordling, Pocket Dictionary of Theological Terms (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1999), p. 44