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or ap·o·ka·tas·ta·sis (ăp′ə-kə-tăs′tə-sĭs)
n. pl. ap·o·ca·tas·ta·ses or ap·o·ka·tas·ta·ses (ăp′ə-kə-tăs′tə-sēz′)
The belief that all souls ultimately achieve salvation and are received into heaven.

[Late Latin, restoration to a former position, restitution, from Greek apokatastasis (used by St. Paul in Acts 3:21 to describe the future restoration of the universe to a state in accordance with God's will), from apokathistanai, to restore, reinstate, return : apo-, apo- + kathistanai, to bring into a certain state (kata-, cata- + histanai, sta-, to set, place; see stā- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots).]
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the belief that all free creatures shall experience salvationa restitution or reestablishmentthe return to a previous state or conditiona return to the same position, esp on completion of a period of revolution
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En el siguiente capitulo se estudia como entendieron los grandes representantes de la Tradicion las afirmaciones biblicas relativas a la salvacion y perdicion, y llega a una doble conclusion: (1) la teoria de restauracion universal (apocatastasis) fue un fenomeno secundario en el contexto de la totalidad de las reflexiones escatologicas de los primeros siglos, y (2) la teoria de <<esperanza para todos>> (tal como se esgrime en la actualidad) era desconocida en la epoca patristica.
"apocatastasis historica", anota Benjamin, derivando de la
It described the human condition before the fall as one of participation in God through 'the most exact likeness to the image of its prototype [tei akribestatei homoiosei kata ten eikona tou prototypou],' and it looked forward to the metamorphosis of human nature after the apocatastasis [restoration--SD] as the recovery, through 'partaking of the divine nature,' of that participation, and thus to the fulfillment of the image of God" (ibid., 135).
No es distinta a la teoria de la apocatastasis (restauracion total y definitiva) del cristianismo por la que aun el demonio al fin se salva (18,19) y el infierno es evacuado totalmente.
Perhaps the best example of this is the authors' discussion of "On the Concept of History." While many readers assume that Benjamin's use of the analogy of redemption is derived from his communiques with Scholem about Jewish mysticism, the authors argue that he in fact draws on the patristic concept of apocatastasis, which he would have read in Origen of Alexandria's De Principiis and other Stoic and Neoplatonic texts (659-60).
This verse is laden with so much meaning that several fundamental texts and concepts of Western culture could be viewed as fragments that exploded from it: for instance, the doctrine of apocatastasis (25) in Origen and Leibniz, Kierkegaard's concept of repetition, the eternal return in Nietzsche, and Heidegger's concept of repetition.
(21.) Essays by Giulio Maspero, "Apocatastasis," and Lucas Francisco Mateo-Seco, "Eschatology" (in The Brill Dictionary of Gregory of Nyssa, ed.