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- n. Reëstablishment; full restoration; final restitution. Used specifically to denote— In astronomy, the periodic circulation of a planet, as bringing it back to the point from which it had set out. In medicine, the restoration which is indicated by the cessation or subsiding of an abscess or a tumor. In theology, the final restitution of all things, in which all the wicked of all time will be fully restored to the favor of God. The doctrine of such a restitution, founded on Acts iii. 21 and other passages of Scripture, has appeared in the Christian church at different times during the past seventeen centuries, and forms an important feature of the creed of modern Universalists. See
restitution. Also spelled apokatastasis.
“Now, theoretically, it ought to be possible to make sort of a real chili cassoulet slow roasted and annealed in the oven until the beef chunks, red kidney beans, anchos, cumin, salt onion and garlic seem ready for the apocatastasis of posterity.”
“The great restoration, the apocatastasis, has begun with what we shall celebrate tonight: Jesus' resurrection from the dead.”
“Yet I am as I am, your own race having made us so before the apocatastasis.”
“St. Gregory of Nyssa, went astray on individual points; the former in regard to the baptism of heretics, the latter in the matter of apocatastasis.”
“For it is only when we discover the living link which bound them to the Apostolic Tradition of which they are witnesses, that we shall understand their writings and establish the heterodoxy of some passages, as for instance, the Origenistic apocatastasis in the writings of Gregory of Nyssa.”
“The notions of praying somebody out of hell and universalism / apocatastasis are heretical because they violate free will.”
“[_apocatastasis_] will take place of demons and impious men, let him be anathema.”
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