In line with Bonnet's vision of evolution, Ballanchian social palingenesis
depicts humanity's evolution as the progressive unfurling of a preformed essence.
But if we focus again on Chapter 4 and also on the subsequent Chapter 5, which we have so far omitted in our survey, we can find certain theoretical considerations concerning the nature of life and death that are perfectly consistent with the concept of palingenesis
as we have revealed it in our analysis.
to the more learned the following can indeed seem the principal cause of this transformation and an extremely probable one, namely so that under this mystic pretext, our Apuleius, an expert in Pythagorean and Platonic philosophy, might demonstrate the teachings of both masters and introduce in a concealed way under the cover of this frivolous narrative palingenesis
and metempsychosis, that is rebirth and transformation....' (7)
Herder did entertain the idea of palingenesis
, whereby humans originate from earlier more primitive forms of life, as a scientific hypothesis.
(from the Greek term meaning new birth) designates at once a birth and a rebirth and in all its connotations it is the vehicle for renewal after apparent destruction.
It is evident that "the family" is not only integral to a larger process, but is itself continually in process, undergoing palingenesis
in a series of successive rebirths and regenerations.
This ancient belief, also known as the transmigration of souls, palingenesis
or, more popularly nowadays, reincarnation, is the subject of Lieselotte E.
If this analogy to the soul were pushed, then this would appear to resemble metempsychosis (the transmigration of souls), or at least palingenesis
(the continual rebirth of souls), either of which would be a heresy in Christian terms, since souls were supposed to be created ex nihilo.(60)
Beyond what Nazi leaders were doing consciously in organising their vast schemes of public display, they can also be seen as the catalysts and orchestrators of a collective strategy of self-defence and renewal (palingenesis
) resorted to by a society which felt itself in danger of extinction, quite literally `running out of time'.
This volume also indicates the pragmatic efficacy of Roman Catholic and Reformed cooperation in social issues, it accurately displays Kuyper's philosophy of education (and founding of the Free University) against the Dutch relief, it explicates Kuyper's emphasis on the difference palingenesis
makes for scientific theorizing, and it illustrates the affinity between Kuyper and fin de siecle American evangelicalism--a nexus that is frequently overlooked, minimized, or miscast.