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(Gk ἀποκατάστασις πάντων) or the redemption/restoration of all is the eschatological notion that all human beings (things, creatures) without exception will be received into eschatological salvation (the kingdom of God). One the one hand, apocatastasis conflicts with the more common eschatological notion of a “double outcome,” which envisions an eschatological division between the redeemed and the damned, salvation and perdition (cf. Matt 25:31–46). It also conflicts with the less common notion of an eschatological annihilation of all the wicked (cf. Re…

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Rosenau, Hartmut, “Apocatastasis”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 15 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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