200.01 General Quest for Potential (pps.78-81)
a Natural Order
b Mortal
c Universal

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thing as its cause. It is the “Prime Mover” who actualizes potentialities.293

In our system, however, “Holy Potentiality” is a thoroughly overarching dynamic, emanating from the infinitely holy through creation to the far reaches of the cosmic order. Solov- eitchik notes: “He is the Lord of the hosts, who resides in every infinitessimal particle of creation and the whole universe is replete with His glory.”293

The infinitely holy potentialities themselves, embedded within eternity, are inherent in the eternal origins of the Divine. This is one of our crucial divergences from the Aristo- telian line of approach.295

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293 In Aquinas’ De Potentia Dei, potency (power) and act are important principles; however, Aquinas’ meaning, emphasis, and thrust are different from ours. For summary, see article on Thomas Aquinas in Encyclopedia of Philosophy (New York: Macmillan, 1967), vol. 8, p . 110.

294 Soloveitchik, “The Lonely Man of Faith,” elaborating on the verse “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory” (Isaiah 6:3).

295 To our knowledge, the Aristotelians, while considering, at least pe- ripherally, the concept of potential, do not seem to have proffered or developed the concept of holy potentiality, specifically: Holy Potential within potential within potential, …ad infinitum.

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