Reviewed by Daniel Kealey, Ph.D.
(as included in the The Journal of Regression Therapy Volume VI, No. 1, Fall 1992)
Dr. Bache, a member of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Youngstown State University, has written a much needed book full of stimulating insights into the contemporary philosophical implications of reincarnation. He correctly states that the belief in the theory of reincarnation is no longer just a religious question, for the impressive accumulation of evidence that has become part of the contemporary intellectual environment makes it essentially an empirical question. Bache backs up this claim with an overview of the research, focusing primarily on the work of Stevenson and the findings of past-life regression. But this is not his main purpose. He notes that as a teacher he often finds that while students are impressed by the evidence for reincarnation on a case-by-case basis, they are unable to embrace the theory of reincarnation because they lack a comprehensive philosophy that can make sense of the data. It is when he begins to explore the larger philosophical aspects of reincarnation in the third chapter that readers of this journal will find themselves most engaged.