Reincarnation has never been part of mainstream Christian theology. This is true in spite of periodic speculations by Christian theologians, and in spite of the fact that reincarnation believers sometimes wrongly impute belief in reincarnation to prominent Christian thi... View more
1 We are grateful to the University of Reading Research Endowment Trust for funding the research.
2 John Hick, Death & Eternal Life (London: Collins, 1976) p292 n2.
3 Paul and Linda Badham, Immortality or Extinction? 2nd edition, ( London: SPCK, 1984) p117.
4 Sheena Ashford and Noel Timms, What Europe Thinks: A Study of Western European Values, (Aldershot: Dartmouth, 1992). In 1995, Davies and Shaw found that 12% answered yes to the related question of whether we come back as someone or something else, 'Contemporary belief in life after