Erik Youngberg, an author new to the Journal, discusses the familiar “population problem” and presents surprising new findings that turn the problem on its head. As well as neatly solving the population dilemma, his article reminds us all to look with a skeptical eye on any “conventional” assumptions.
You might already hate for skeptics to ask this question: “How can reincarnation be possible? More people are alive now than have died since humanity began.” They have asked it for over two decades, and it is the most devastating argument against reincarnation there has ever been. As many people have noted, ordinary theories of rebirth become impossible because there are not enough past-life bodies to go around. Of course, reincarnationists have developed explanations, but none that have gained widespread acceptance. After examining the controversy, I will present evidence that it finally can be ended.
Before the 1970s, reincarnationists could easily explain population growth. Back then, no one believed there were more people alive than had ever been born. Reincarnationists said that only some of the souls that reincarnate in human bodies are physically incarnate at any one time. In ancient times, fewer souls were incarnated in the earth, and more souls existed on the “other side” than do today. Souls formerly waited longer to reincarnate. Now, more bodies are available, presenting more opportunities for soul growth. Fewer souls are waiting on the “other side” than ever before.