Church Fathers & reincarnation

 

St.Clement of Alexandria ( A.D.150 – 220 ) "We were being long before the foundation of the world; we existed in the eye of God, for it is our destiny to live in Him. We are the reasonable creatures of the Divine Word! Therefore we have existed from the beginning, for the beginning was the Word…Not for the first time He shows pity on us in our wanderings, He pities us from the very beginning. Phililaus, the Pithagorean taught that the soul was flung into the body as a punishment for the misdeeds it had committed and his opinion was conformed by the most ancient of the prophets.


Origen ( A.D. 185 – 254 ) "The soul has neither beginning or end…Every soul comes into this world strengthened by victories or weakened by the defeats of its previous life! Its place in this world as a vessel appointed to honor or dishonor is determent by its previous merits or demerits. Its work in this world determines its place in the world which is to follow…" /note : Origen is the most prominent amongst the Church Fathers. St. Jerom considered him "The Greatest Teacher of the Church after the Apostols" and St. Gregory called him "The Prince of Christian Learning"/

St. Jerome ( A.D. 340 – 420 ) "A divine habitation and a true rest above is were the rational creatures dwelt, before their descent to a lower position. Removed from invisible and visible worlds they fall to earth…Having need of gross bodies they enjoy a former blessedness…Whence God, the creator, made for them bodies suitable for their humble position, He created this visible world, sent them into the world, and ministers their salvation!...The doctrine of reincarnation has been secretly taught from ancient times to small numbers of people, as a traditional truth, which was not to be divulged!"

St. Augustine ( A.D. 354 – 430 ) "Say Lord to me…Say did my infancy succeed another age of mine that died before it? Was it that I spend within my mother’s womb? And what before that life again? O, God! O, my joy...was I anywhere or in any body? For this I have non to tell me, neither father nor mother, nor experiences of others nor my memory."

St.Gregory ( A.D. 257 – 332 ) "It is absolutely necessary that the soul should be healed and purified, and if this does not take place during this life on earth, it must be accomplished in future lives."

Syrenius ( A.D. 370 – 430 ) "The soul which did not quickly return to the heavenly region from which it was sent down to earth had to go trough many lives of wandering."