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    #1

    by vs through

    Teacher,
    what's the difference between "by" and "through"?

    Thank you

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    #2

    Re: by vs through

    Examples needed, please. Otherwise, you may as well consult a dictionary.


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    Re: by vs through

    For example:
    We can know that there is God (by or through) his creation.

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    Re: by vs through

    I try to avoid religious discussions, and religion in general, but I think the difference here would be that if we know God by his creation, then simply seeing that he has created something is knowing God; whereas, if we know God through his creation, then we must experience his creation to know God.

    Through is more experiential; by is more observational.

    And that's as close to religious philosophy as I wish to get today.

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