Originally posted by Bosse de Nage
These are Early Christian doctrines expounded by Origen (http://www.iep.utm.edu/o/origen.htm -- courtesy of Halitose).
Why have these sane, intelligent ideas seemingly been abandoned to all intents and purposes by modern Christians?
I wouldn't say that all
his ideas have been abandoned by all
modern christians. Some of his reasoning is quite appealing to me. The two that you specifically highlighted are real tough nuts to crack.
Apokatastasis just doesn't have enough Biblical backing for me to jump healong into.
Origen emphasised Metempsychosis as integral to Apokatastasis because you need the reincarnation process to progress towards purity and goodness. His was a melding of classical Greek thought and Christianity.
I'm sure you know what the orthodox christian perspective has always been on reincarnation:
Heb 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: