Man and Sin by Piet Schoonenberg (1964) 2.1AC

[“God Recognizing Himself3” brings “the spontaneous order and the creature2” into relation to “the potential inherent in the creature1“.

If a creature realizes itself by self-destruction, the realization of its potential is situated in the spontaneous order.

Both “the self-destruction of the creature and the adaptation in the spontaneous order2” are contextualized by God3.

This simple thought experiment shows the value of the nested formulation.

When a modern presents a rhetorical question, ‘he’ anticipates one answer instead of three.

Does the creature cease to exist?

The answer is No3( Maybe2 and Yes2( Who knows what potentially remains?1)).]