from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Equally or jointly eternal.
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- adj. jointly or equally eternal
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Equally eternal.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Existing with another from eternity.
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Thou my God, because Thou, O Father, in Him Who is the Beginning of our wisdom, Which is Thy Wisdom, born of Thyself, equal unto Thee and coeternal, that is, in Thy Son, createdst heaven and earth.
What the Vatican II Fathers said on this subject is readily understood, not as a patently absurd claim that Muslims believe God is three coeternal, coessential, and coequal Persons, but as a simple acknowledgement of those few matters of faith where Muslims agree with the Truth.
Felix Mendelssohn surely understood the subtleties of the Augsburg Confession (with its credo that "there is one Divine Essence which is called and which is God ... and yet there are three Persons, of the same essence and power, who also are coeternal, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost") when he celebrated that document's anniversary in his "Reformation" Symphony, Opus 107, of 1830.
But the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit have one divinity, equal glory, and coeternal majesty.
Since God's power (posse) is coeternal with God himself, it is immutably the same.
If He emanated from God, is He coeternal and consubstantial with Him, or is He of a similar substance?
Most Muslims believed the Qur'an was uncreated and coeternal with Allah, but the Mutazili believed this contravened their central notion of the unity of God.
May they also be extended towards those things which are before; and understand Thee before all times, the eternal Creator of all times, and that no times be coeternal with Thee, nor any creature, even if there be any creature before all times.
These things considered, as much as Thou givest, O my God, as much as Thou stirrest me up to knock, and as much as Thou openest to me knocking, two things I find that Thou hast made, not within the compass of time, neither of which is coeternal with Thee.
Thy servant Moses to have spoken in the Spirit of truth; — of all these then, he taketh one, who saith, In the Beginning God made the heaven and the earth; that is, “in His Word coeternal with Himself, God made the intelligible and the sensible, or the spiritual and the corporeal creature.”
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