Growing belief in rebirth challenges the Church (SvD)
The belief in reincarnation is new in our country and has broken through by its own power. Reincarnation faith means that the Christian faith is given a new interpretation compared to the traditional forgiveness and forgiveness paradigm. The judgment of the mistakes of the only earthly life is replaced by a belief in the eternal communion of the soul with God. Bengt Wadensjö, bishop emeritus.
A post that stirs some excitement on Christmas Eve 2015 and the days afterwards. SvD Debatt then publishes an article by Bishop Emeritus Bengt Wadensjö, which describes how the idea of reincarnation today has taken root not only among the public, but also in people who otherwise call and think of themselves as Christians. "Growing faith in rebirth challenges the Church" (SvD, 2015-12-24). Wadensjö refers to Bible quotes that he believes suggest that the biblical Christ already embraced the idea of reincarnation. The debate article continues to engage, partly among those who think that Wadensjö is wrong and overinterprets, and partly among people with a more newage/ new-age view who believe that it is about time that Christians also open their eyes to what is actually in the Bible. Counter-blows in SvD come from the priest in the Nordic Catholic Church, Francis Urban Sylvan: "A misleading campaign for the New Age" (SvD, 2015-12-26): from Bishop Martin Modéu's "An adapted Christian faith only becomes unclear" (SvD, 2015-12-27). and from a doctoral student in philosophy of religion at Uppsala University, Johan Eddebo: "Reincarnation is the opposite of Christian faith" (SvD, 2015-12-27). Wadensjö's opinion piece has also appeared in various blogs, and been commented on there, e.g.