When it comes down to it, there isn't any argument from commentarial concepts or from Ian Stevenson or from past life regression therapists that can actually lead one to have faith in rebirth, besides all these things are highly dubitable. Faith in rebirth comes from realizing that the Buddha is the wisest person in human history, no other religious figure, philosopher, scientist or whatever, comes close to being as wise as the Buddha. On that basis, one accepts that the Buddha really was awakened, that he wasn't deluded about that, and that he could tell the difference between a hallucination and an actual recollection of past lives. So all the metaphysical speculation about how the process of rebirth functions doesn't really do anything in the end. One experience ends and another begins, and this just goes on and on, according to the Buddha, until one relinquishes all craving.
(Edit: Just realized this is in the Pali section, my apologies for being off topic)
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"I don't envision a single thing that, when developed & cultivated, leads to such great benefit as the mind. The mind, when developed & cultivated, leads to great benefit."
"I don't envision a single thing that, when undeveloped & uncultivated, brings about such suffering & stress as the mind. The mind, when undeveloped & uncultivated, brings about suffering & stress."