Is Belief in Reincarnation Consistent with Christian Faith?

Fr. Tom Ryan, CSP

Reincarnation is a doctrine found in varied religions in different forms. Behind it lies the search for a meaningful, moral, just world order. It essentially says that an imperishable principle (soul) exists in every human being and comes back on this earth after death in a new form. It is an understanding perhaps most associated today with Hinduism and New Age philosophies. Since Buddhism does not posit an imperishable principle or soul, it does not espouse reincarnation as such, but rather the transfer at death of karmic energy from one form to another. The doctrine of karma is found in both these Eastern religions.

 

To continue the discussion on Reincarnation, please read Fr. Ryan's article in America Magazine: "Christians and Reincarnation: Why an Eastern ideal appeals to Western believers."