Viscid wrote:How the concept of rebirth after death crept into Buddhism is difficult to explain, and we need not concern ourselves with it.
Buddhism teaches literal rebirth, clearly and definitely. To deny the existence of a birth conditioned by previous existences after the physical death of the body is to distance yourself from the fundamental assumptions of Buddhism. If you adopt this view, you are reinterpreting the suttas to conform with your own beliefs.
There is no reason to not just be inspired by Buddhism, while having your own views and using your own insight. You don't need to quell doubt in your beliefs by relying on religious authority, religious authority which may be accessible only by asserting that The Buddha didn't REALLY teach that which you wish him to have not taught.
Have answered you on the great rebirth debate thread