Ann Barham has a great explanation about the history of beliefs about reincarnation in the early Christian church. Here is a link to her website: https://www.pastlives.org/about-reincarnation/ .
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I love these thoughts of Ann's about reincarnation from her website:
"There really is nothing to fear from the concept of reincarnation. Today over half
the world's population espouses this belief -- for good reason. There is a great sense of serenity that comes from knowing that the deepest parts of ourselves will always exist, that we are much more than just our current physical bodies, and that we have
many opportunities to master human existence and learn the lessons we are here to learn. For many people, the idea just makes sense."
From Shari: When I first started exploring reincarnation many years ago, I wondered how the concept would
fit in with the Christian faith in which I had been raised, especially since my father was a Presbyterian minister. These paragraphs from Ann Barham's website explain that many in the early Christian Church accepted reincarnation.
"Many Early Christians Embraced Reincarnation"
"Why is it that Christian religions appear to be so opposed to the concept of reincarnation? As it turns out, this attitude is a departure from the origins of Christianity. Nowhere in
the Bible is reincarnation repudiated, in fact it appears to be a concept that Jesus and his followers took pretty much for granted. Jesus himself speaks of John the Baptist as the return of Elias (Matthew 11:14 and 17:11, Mark 9:11-13). We must look to the
development of the Roman Catholic Church and its doctrines to understand how the concept of reincarnation lost favor in Christian tradition."
"The Council of Nicaea Omits Reincarnation"
"The first 300 years after Jesus’ death, there
were many variations of Christian doctrine as the new religion spread throughout the Roman Empire. A number of factions developed, some believing in reincarnation, some not, and the factions were frequently in conflict. In an attempt to consolidate his crumbling
Roman Empire, the Emperor Constantine in 325 A.D. offered his official support to Christians if they would settle their differences and establish a unified set of beliefs. The resulting Council of Nicaea put together the foundation of the Roman Catholic Church
and established a new doctrine, from which reincarnation was omitted. Christians were subsequently instructed to drop any belief that was not covered in the doctrine.
However, the belief in reincarnation did not disappear easily, and in fact persisted
for centuries afterwards. In the early 13th century, the Pope launched a crusade against the Cathars, a reincarnationist Christian sect in Italy and Southern France, and wiped them out completely. This, and the ensuing Spanish Inquisition with its fatal intolerance
for any deviance from strict church doctrine, was finally effective in forcing Christians to give up their belief in reincarnation – at least publicly."
Here is the title of Ann's book about past lives published June, 2016:
Past Life Perspective: Discovering Your True Nature Across Multiple Lifetimes