- Series: Quest Books
- Paperback: 200 pages
- Publisher: Quest Books (March 9, 1990)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0835605019
- ISBN-13: 978-0835605014
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #849,291 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reincarnation in Christianity: A New Vision of the Role of Rebirth in Christian Thought (Quest Books) Paperback – March 9, 1990
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Stevenson, MacGregor does not make radical claims about the truth or falseness of a belief in reincarnation and its relation to Christianity, but leaves it open for the reader to form his own opinions.
A Christian scholar, well aware of the confusion and inconsistencies of the Christian teaching about death and resurrection (“the last things”) and of the modern philosophical and scientific objections against soul immortality, he wanted to know if Christian doctrine was totally or somewhat hostile to the idea of reincarnation. In 170 dense pages, he review Jew’s thought during the three centuries before Jesus, the Primitive Church faith, Church Fathers teachings, the first councils and so on, up to the 19th and 20th Christian theologians and come to the conclusion that not only the Church never condemned the idea of reincarnation but also that it could be understood in the light of Catholic doctrine of Purgatory. An enlightening and fascinating reading for people motivated by the subject and ready to enter in the complexities of Christian thought through history.
When you do get through it, you are able to find a few gems worth taking with you. But I must say, you have to be careful picking up these gems for they ARE timeless, yet there are many ideas the author places in his book that are NOT timeless. They give away the science and research of his day. Thus, a Revision, Expansion and maybe a whole Revamp of this book is required for this book to get any more than 1, 2 or 3 stars at the most.
MacGregor's complicated, tedious writing style drowns the book. If you want to read an intelligent, yet graspable, account of Reincarnation and Christianity -- this isn't it. Don't waste your time.