GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Metaph.) some circumstance preceding an effect which, without being the real cause, becomes the occasion of the action of the efficient cause.
“The evolution element in Baur's Humanism, however, constrained him to deny that we possess contemporaneous documents of our Lord's life, to hold that the New Testament literature was the result of warring factions among the early Christians, and therefore of a much later date than tradition ascribes to it, and that Christ was only the occasional cause of Christianity.”
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