Special Issue "Perspectives on Reincarnation: Hindu, Christian, and Scientific"
A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2017) | Viewed by 125410
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The topic of reincarnation, or rebirth, is an intensely interesting one. Popular response to recent sessions held on this topic at the American Academy of Religion’s annual meetings (including a standing-room-only session held by the Society for Hindu–Christian Studies at the 2015 meeting, as well as sessions at the 2016 DANAM meeting) demonstrate that this is an issue of special interest to those whose focus is either Hindu–Christian relations or issues relating to religion and science (or both).
No recent publications, however, have dealt extensively with this issue in an interdisciplinary fashion that draws upon the multiple perspectives from which it can be approached. The purpose of this special issue is to fill this gap, bringing together perspectives from religious studies, philosophy, theology, and the sciences (specifically, psychology and physics) to address the question: Is there such a phenomenon as rebirth? Why or why not? How might one go about knowing whether such a phenomenon is a reality? What historical perspectives, specifically from Hindu and Christian traditions, can be brought to bear upon this question? And what, if anything, can science potentially contribute to what has traditionally been a religious and philosophical question? The aim here is to advance mutual understanding among those who hold differing views on this topic, as well as, potentially, advancing understanding of the topic itself.
Dr. Jeffery D. Long
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- Hindu-Christian dialogue
- science and religion