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In terms, nature (TR:1388) (LH:61) (TL:1449|#12), from the Latin natura "course of things; character, constitution, quality"[1], from the Egyptian neter meaning “power[2], related to natal meaning “to birth”[1], refers to the system, constitution, and or disposition of the universe.[3]


The following are quotes:

“Etymologically, the word ‘neter’ may mean power, or, as some think, nature, but etymology is ever a shifting sand on which to build.”
— Hunt Cooke (1904), “Review: of On the Gods of Egypt by Wallis Budge” (pg. 376) [2]
“This law or rule about right or wrong used to be called the law of nature. Nowadays, when we talk of the ‘laws of nature’ we usually mean things like gravitation, or heredity, or the laws of chemistry. But when the old thinkers called the law of right and wrong the ‘law of nature’, the really meant the law of human nature. The idea was that just as all bodies are governed by the law of gravitation, and organisms by biological laws, so the creature called man also had this law — with this great difference, that a body could NOT choose whether it obeyed the law of gravitation or not, but a man COULD choose either to obey the law of human nature or to disobey it.”
— Clive Lewis (1944), Mere Christianity (pg. 4) [4]

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See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 Nature –
  2. 2.0 2.1 Cooke, Hunt. (1904). “Review: of On the Gods of Egypt by Wallis Budge”, Biblia: a Monthly Journal Devoted to Biblical Archaeology and Oriental Research (editor: Charles Davis) (pgs. 374-80, quote, pg. 376). Biblia.
  3. Douglas, James. (1872). English Etymology (pg. 81). Publisher.
  4. Lewis, Clive. (1944). Mere Christianity (pg. 4). Publisher.

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