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Keith Ward

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198269618

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198269618.001.0001

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The Doctrine of Rebirth

The Doctrine of Rebirth

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Religion and Human Nature

Keith Ward

Oxford University Press

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

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