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==Definition==
Apocatastasis (literally, ''the restoration of all'') isthe teaching that everyone will, in essencethe end, the belief that hell as popularly defined does not existbe saved. Rather, It looks toward the "fires ultimate reconciliation of hell" are not an eternal punishmentgood and evil; all creatures endowed with reason, but a tool of divine teaching angels and correctionhumans, akin will eventually come to [[purgatory]]a harmony in God's kingdom.
==History=====For [[Origen]]===St, this explicitly included the [[devil]]. In effect, Apocatastasis denies the final reality of [[Augustine hell]], and interprets all Biblical references to the "fires of hell" not as an eternal punishment, but a tool of Hippo|Augustinedivine teaching and correction, akin to [[purgatory]] wrote the following about Origen:.
:"I am aware that I now have to engage in a debate, devoid of rancor, those compassionate Christians who refuse to believe that In the punishment of hell will be everlasting either in the case of all those men whom the completely just Judge accounts deserving of that chastisement, or at least in the case of some of them; they hold that they are to be set free after fixed limits of time have been passedtwentieth-century, the periods being longer or shorter in proportion to the magnitude offences. On this subject the most compassionate of all doctrine was ''Origen'' who believed that the Devil himself and his angels will be rescued from their torments and brought into the company of the holy angels, after the more severe and more lasting chastisements appropriate to their deserts. But the Church has rejected ''Origen's'' teaching, and not without good reason, on account of this opinion and a number of other... :"Very different, however, is the error, promoted by tenderness of heart and human compassion, of those who suppose that the miseries of those condemned reinvigorated especially by that judgement will be temporal, whereas the felicity of all men, who are released after a shorter or longer period, will be everlasting. Now if this opinion is good and true, just because it is compassionate, then it will be the better and the truer the more compassionate it is. Then let the fountain of compassion be deepened and enlarged until it extends as far as the evil angelsHans Urs von Balthasar, who must be set free, although, of course, after many ages, and ages of any length that can be imagined! ...For all that, his error would manifestly surpass all errors in its perversity, its wrong-headed contradiction of the express words of God, by the same margin as, in his own estimation, his belief surpasses all other opinions in its clemency." : — St. Augustine of Hippo, 'book 'City of God'' 21.17 (trans. Bettenson) ===[[Clement of Alexandria]]======[[Gregory of Nyssa]]===Saint [[Gregory of Nyssa]] accepted the idea of apocatastasis from [[Origen]]. However, this part St. Gregory's writings has been unequivocally rejected by the subsequent [[Church Fathers]]:  * St. Varsanofios the Great, criticizing the doctrine of apocatastasis, when asked about St. Gregory's opinion, has answered: “do not think that people, though also saints, could completely understand all depths of God... Even if a saint speaks about such opinions, you will not find that he confirmed the words as though had the statement from above, but that they resulted from the doctrine of his former teachers, and he, trusting their knowledge of them, did not inquire of God whether it was true.Dare We Hope “That All Men Be Saved
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