>From: Dennis King <[log in to unmask]>
>To what extent was transmigration/reincarnation a legitamate theological
>argument within Christianity at that time, say, around the 7th century?
I've wondered about this, too. "New Agey" stuff is full of statements that
reincarnation was once a Christian belief. Even if one accepts that
reincarnation was not a subject at the first Council at Nicea (325), the
subject seems to have raised tempers in the decade prior to Nicea I and for
50-75 years afterwards. Such vehemence sometimes means that something was a
popular belief, even if not officially sanctioned. The following web site
summarizes what the author sees as the case against reincarnation once being
taught as approved Christian belief.
In response to my question on the Medieval-Religion list, I received two
suggestions: the very book by Geddes Mac Gregor cited pejoratively in the
above-mentioned URL, and the information that the Cathars were said to have
believed in reincarnation and/or transmigration (always hard to be sure what
people believed when the evidence comes primarily from their trials for
heresy and what their enemies said about them).
So I'm afraid all I've come up with so far is a lot of smoke and little
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