What Is Reincarnation … in Greek and early Christian belief. Seems familiar to the eternal #Sanatan way of the Hindus, derived from Vedic thought. This belief in pre-existence of the soul was jettisoned by the Church founders because they wanted a belief system that was consistent and uniform. And, I believe, the belief in resurrection and Day of Judgment made for better control over the laity. The belief in reincarnation was hence declared ‘anathema’ and heretical thought !
ABORTION & REINCARNATION
Nancy B. Detweiler, M.Ed., M.Div.
WHY HAS CHRISTIANITY NOT TAUGHT REINCARNATION?
Origen (185-254 C.E.) was one of the most influential Christian thinkers of his time. St. Jerome declared him to be “the greatest teacher of the Church after the apostles.” St. Gregory of Nyssa calls him “the prince of Christian learning in the third century.[i] Origen taught pre-existence of souls and reincarnation.
The Church Fathers disagreed vehemently as they sought to establish the new religion—Christianity. All sorts of human motives clouded the issues. Rather than simply allowing those who so desired to follow the teachings of Jesus, the ultimate goal of the Church Fathers was, according to Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyons, “the real Church has one and the same faith everywhere in the world.” [ii] The original source for this quote is Irenaeus’ Selections From the Work Against Heresies. The quote and…
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