Often used to distinguish from the divine (supernatural) while maintaining a distinction from the purely natural. For instance, in theology, the angels, both holy and fallen, are endowed with preternatural powers. Their intellect, speed, and other characteristics are beyond human capacities but are still finite.
Preternatural history; After dedicating his life to studying the great events of history, Eric Hobsbawm decided to tell his own story. And, Alan Taylor discovers, it's every bit as compelling
Oct 06, 2002; AS he would be the first to admit, Eric Hobsbawm will be lucky to merit even a footnote in the history of the 20th century. How...