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Apocatastasis

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Apocatastasis (from Greek: ''apo'', from; ''kata'', down; ''histemi'', stand - literally, "restoration" or "return") is the teaching that everyone will, in the end, be saved. It looks toward the ultimate reconciliation of good and evil; all creatures endowed with reason, angels and humans, will eventually come to a harmony in God's kingdom.
For [[Origen]], this explicitly included the [[devil]]. In effect, Apocatastasis denies the final reality of [[hell]], and interprets all Biblical references to the "fires of hell" not as an eternal punishment, but a tool of divine teaching and correction, akin to [[purgatory]]. The implication is that hell exists is to separate good from evil in the soul.
In the twentieth-century, this doctrine was reinvigorated especially by Hans Urs von Balthasar, who, in his book ''Dare We Hope “That All Men Be Saved
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