To begin with the Catholic Church does affect you because every other church sprang from it. Doesn’t matter if you call yourself protestant or
Lutheran or Pentecostal or whatever they all sprang from the Catholic Church and are tainted by its roots. (With the exception of the Greek orthodox
and the few remaining sects of Gnostics) I’m sure you’ve heard the house built on sand analogy so I won’t bore you with it again.
Now on to your evidence
Reincarnation as believed by the original Christians
Origen on reincarnation
"The soul has neither beginning nor end… [They] come into this world strengthened by the victories or weakened by the defeats of their previous
lives" (Origen, De Principiis)
Valentinus on reincarnation
“From the very beginning you have been immortal, and you are children of eternal life— such life as the Aeons enjoy; yet you would have death shared
among you that you might spend it and use it up, so that death might die in you and through you. For inasmuch as ye dissolve the world and are not
yourselves annihilated, you are lords over all creation and destruction.” (Valentinus, unknown work)
Modern Scholar on Valentinus and Reincarnation
“In order to understand the teachings of the Valentinian School on the resurrection, we must receive the basic components of the individual according
to the Valentinians: the spiritual or pneumatic element (the divine spark) or true Self, destined to reunite with the Father; the psychic or soul
element, which either reincarnates or is sublimated and absorbed into the true Self; and the physical or material, which is destined to perish.
Ordinary Christians who did not receive the higher teaching believed in and looked forward to a resurrection of their dead bodies at the end of the
age or world. This teaching was fostered and promoted by the orthodox bishops in order to counteract or suppress, if possible, the doctrine of
preexistence and reincarnation. Those Christians who received and accepted this doctrine were termed "psychic" by the Valentinians because their
understanding was at the level of the soul or psyche rather than at the level of the spirit. To these Christians, their hope of immortality was to
come back to life in their same bodies, now fully and physically restored on the so- called "Last Day." “
(Joseph P. Macchio)
The Wars of Cleansing
This is not the only example but probably the most terrible (unless you count the Inquisition as a whole) and most notable. The Cathar War.
The Nag Hammadi
These are untouched since circa 450 ad. Enjoy!
Books Removed from the canon
This should keep you busy for awhile I hope you enjoy the links.
[Edited on 4-5-2004 by radiant]