Rebirth and Personal Identity: Is Reincarnation an Intrinsically Impersonal Concept?
Rivas (Titus)
Source: Journal of Religion & Psychical Research, Oct2005, Vol. 28 Issue 4, p226-233, 8p
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  1. Some Westerners associate the concept of reincarnation1 with the loss of personal identity. This is an oversimplification resulting from a strong influence of the Buddhist anatta-doctrine on contemporary Western spirituality.
  2. The notion of reincarnation2 can indeed be reconciled with a personalist philosophy. Spiritual personalists may benefit a lot from reincarnation3 research.
  3. Rather than giving up on their personalism, they could extend it to the notion of a truly personal evolution over several lives on earth.

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