Perspectives on Reincarnation: Hindu, Christian, and Scientific

Edited by
January 2019
200 pages
  • ISBN978-3-03897-535-9 (Paperback)
  • ISBN978-3-03897-536-6 (PDF)

This book is a reprint of the Special Issue Perspectives on Reincarnation: Hindu, Christian, and Scientific that was published in

Social Sciences, Arts & Humanities
The articles in this volume, all by leading scholars, examine the topic of rebirth, or reincarnation, from a wide range of perspectives.  The main focus of most of the articles is the idea of rebirth as found in Hindu texts and traditions.  There are also articles exploring Christian responses to the idea of rebirth as well as expressions of the idea of rebirth in the Western world (such as in the thought of poet William Butler Yeats and in an American context).  There are also philosophical and theological articles arguing both for and against the idea of rebirth, as well as articles which take a more historical or literary approach to this topic.  The shared thread unifying all of these articles is the idea that rebirth is an important idea that holds great fascination for many.  While the primary focus is on Hindu and Christian expressions of or responses to this idea, there are also articles that engage with scientific thinking on this topic, and one which engages with Buddhism as well.  In short, this volume is an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural, and cross-traditional exploration of the topic of reincarnation that should appeal to a wide array of readers.
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Bhagavad gītā; reincarnation; rebirth; scientific materialism; genetics; reincarnation; soul; religions; science; Buddhism; reincarnation; karma; verifiability; reincarnation; purgatory; resurrection; Christian anthropology; punishment; free will; divine love; dualism; reincarnation; Jaya and Vijaya; Narasimhadeva (Nṛsiṁha); Rāma; Krishna; Avatāra; Śrīmad Bhāgavatam; Śrī Chaitanya; yuga; A Vision; Golden Dawn; cabala; Aleister Crowley; Theosophy; Yeats; reincarnation; metempsychosis; Hinduism; Jesuits; Carnatic mission; Sanskrit; 18th century; Karma; Rebirth; Radhakrishnan; Hogg; Christianity; Hinduism; Vedānta ethics and metaphysics; Scottish missionaries; philosophical and religious debate; colonial India; reincarnation; rebirth; past life memories; paranormal; out-of-body experience (OBE); near-death (NDE); retrocognition; survival of death; super-psi; regression therapy; Buddhist rebirth; Jain karma theory; subtle body; astral body; reincarnation; rebirth; Rāmānuja; Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇava; eschatology; karma; saṃsāra; hermeneutics; Indian philosophy; Uddyotakara (Nyāya); pratyābhijña; Advaita (Sureśvara); history of religions; India Studies; philosophy of religion; theology; n/a; rebirth; reincarnation; Christianity; Hinduism; comparative theology; Roman Catholicism; Vedānta; theology; eschatology; afterlife; purgatory; past life memory; past lives; consciousness; Bhagavad Gītā; n/a; n/a