by vs through

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YOJ

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

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

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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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