Reincarnation belief and the Christian churches

Waterhouse, Helen and Walter, Tony (2003). Reincarnation belief and the Christian churches. Theology

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0040571x0310600104

URL: http://www.spck.org.uk/cat/theology.php

Abstract

Reincarnation has never been part of mainstream Christian theology. This is true in spite of periodic speculations by Christian theologians, and in spite of the fact that reincarnation believers sometimes wrongly impute belief in reincarnation to prominent Christian thinkers. Even so, in 1984 Paul Badham was able to point to statistics which indicated that as many Anglicans believed in reincarnation as believed in heaven and hell. This paper is based on the responses of the many Christians who were among informants in an interview study we conducted in 1997 in the south-west of England; our purpose was to investigate European Values Survey (EVS) statistics which suggest that around a quarter of all British people and, indeed, of Europeans more generally, believe in reincarnation.

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