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  • n. The supposed periodic destruction of the universe


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  • My theory of (brane gasses/loop quantum cosmology/ekpyrosis/Euclidean quantum gravity) provides a very natural and attractive initial condition for the universe.

    Arrow of Time FAQ

  • The other pagan witnesses to the Stoic belief in the ekpyrosis and the renewal of the world are Seneca,


  • For Pagan testimony to the Stoic doctrine of cycles and the ekpyrosis, Cicero, Academics, II. 37, 119; idem, De natura deorum, II. 46, 118, trans.


  • According to Cicero one of the later Stoics, Panae - tius (second century B.C.), did not accept the doctrine of the ekpyrosis.


  • According to Stoicism there would occur at a given time a general conflagration, the ekpyrosis, after which the world would begin again as it was in the distant past.


  • They usually held that they derived their theory of cycles from Heraclitus, who may be interpreted as believing that each cycle ended with a cosmic conflagration (the ekpyrosis), after which all things would begin once more and continue to repeat the history of the previous cycles.


  • In the Stoics Justin admires especially their ethics (II Apol., viii, 1); he willingly adopts their theory of a universal conflagration (ekpyrosis).

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 8: Infamy-Lapparent

  • Tatian (second century A.D.), for instance, in his Adversus Graecos says, ‚ÄúZeno [the founder of Stoicism] has shown that after the ekpyrosis



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