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The Doctrine of Rebirth

Keith Ward

in Religion and Human Nature

Published in print November 1998 | ISBN: 9780198269618
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683718 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198269618.003.0004
The Doctrine of Rebirth

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This chapter examines the doctrine of rebirth in Indian religions. Belief in rebirth and karma may have emerged from a desire to find some sort of moral justice in human life. Good deeds do not always result in success, prosperity, and social esteem and the world appears to be indifferent to human goodness and evil. This principle is the basis for believing that another life is needed to rectify misdeeds and that the present life is the place where rewards and deprivations due to some past life can be allocated.

Keywords: rebirth; karma; religion; India; moral justice

Chapter.  10915 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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