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deus ex machina

1. A god in an ancient Greek or Roman play that suddenly appears in the storyline in order to solve a problem or decide an outcome. The Latin phrase translates to "god from a machine," referring to the machinery that lowered it onto the stage. The ancient Greek play makes use of a deus ex machina in which Apollo arrives on stage to restore order among the other characters.
2. An ending in a performance or story that seems too contrived to be believable to the audience. Modern critics often pan 1980s-era television shows for the typical deus ex machina that writers often used to neatly wrap up episodes.
See also: deus, ex, machina

a deus ex machina

  (formal)
a way of ending a play or event that seems false and that involves problems being dealt with too easily Shakespeare produces a very unsatisfying deus ex machina in 'The Winter's Tale' when a statue of the queen comes to life.
See also: deus, ex, machina
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Read aloud by classically trained performer Christopher Aruffo, The Edgar Allan Poe Audiobook Collection #10: Deus et Machina is the latest in a series of unabridged audiobook adaptations of Poe's complete literary works.
A formulação da concepção cristã de homem, nos primeiros séculos, surge no contexto dos debates teológicos sobre as questões trinitárias e cristológicas do século IV e de temas bíblicos de difícil interpretação, como o da imagem e semelhança de Deus (Vaz, 2004).
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feira (1988), Hilda Furacao (1991), Ines e morta (1993), O homem que subornou a morte (1999), O cheiro de Deus (2001).
bishops of late have defined it quite simply as marriage between a man and a woman, which Pope Benedict XVI praised in his first encyclical, Deus caritas est, as "the very epitome of love [such that] all other kinds of love immediately seem to fade in comparison.
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But it is also a dualism of God's love and God's wrath, a dualism in God's own essence and will, which has to do with Luther's way of understanding the "hiddenness" of God, the polarity, the connection between Deus absconditus, the hidden God, and Deus revelatus, the revealed God.
College and university presidents, buffeted by swirling pressures to control costs and improve the quality of learning, might well be dreaming of a deus ex machina to descend upon the quad.