The Latin phrase ex nihilo  means “out of nothing”. It often appears in conjunction with the concept of creation, as in creatio ex nihilo , meaning “creation out of nothing”. Due to the connotations of the phrase creatio ex nihilo , it often occurs in philosophical or theological arguments, as many Christians, Muslims and Jews believe that God created the universe from nothing. This contrasts with creatio ex materia  (creation out of eternally preexistent matter) and with creatio ex deo  (creation out of the being of God).

 

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