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Religions, Volume 8, Issue 9 (September 2017)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) Christianity has always rejected reincarnation teaching as being incompatible with the uniqueness [...] Read more. Christianity has always rejected reincarnation teaching as being incompatible with the uniqueness and value of the human person. Nevertheless, there are two strong arguments against the teaching of one earthly life. The first regards reincarnation as a more reasonable expression of divine mercy and love than the disproportionate and unfair infliction of eternal punishment by God upon a human being for a single morally corrupt lifetime. The second argument finds reincarnation to be necessary for the continued exercise of freedom required for moral and spiritual maturation. Catholic teaching asserts that a single earthly life followed by purgatory is sufficient for the perfection and completion of the human person. However in both the satisfaction and sanctification models of purgatory the human person is entirely passive, not actively contributing to its own completion. View the paper