Stephen Batchelor writes in his essay “At The Crossroads” in the Fall 2002 issue of Tricycle: The Buddhist Review:

I’ve come to hold an agnostic position [on reincarnation]. I do not dogmatically deny rebirth, because I think to do so would be as closed-minded as an uncritical affirmation of it. I simply allow it to remain as a question. In other words, I allow myself to encounter the mystery of death, to accept that we don’t know what happens after we die. An absolute belief in rebirth strikes me as a denial of death, and elaborate and intellectually sophisticated set of ideas that dulls the existential edge of death’s bite.

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