Mr. Solway, after reading this entire conversation, I am left with little more than bewilderment. I don't mind if you reject rebirth or supply another explanation for becoming. It's your prerogative and you have the right to think what you wish.
You do not, however, have the right to redefine and reinterpret terms and concepts on the fly for no other reason than to provide justification for your personal beliefs. You have provided literally no scholarly evidence, either linguistically, historically, or philosophically, to suggest that your reading of rebirth is accurate; moreover, you've painted yourself into a corner in that you are attempting to refer to the suttas while attacking their legitimacy, relying on a reinterpretation of traditional Buddhist terminology while arguing that such terminology as it is understood historically is completely flawed. Why are you so interested in discussing any sutta passages or Buddhist teachings if you also desire to make it clear that they are epistemologically invalid? What are you hoping to accomplish?
If you believe that you have directly understood the nature of rebirth and becoming, that's fine, but I simply cannot believe that you can read the scriptures of the Theravada and honestly see anything but literal rebirth. So I'm going to ask you directly: do you believe that someone who did not have a preconceived notion that led them to search for evidence of non-physical rebirth would come to see that all of these statements, statements that have been seen as unequivocally referring to literal rebirth for twenty-five hundred years, and come to your conclusion? And if that is the case, do you think that the Buddha intentionally taught in such a way as to confuse and mislead others?
Gain and loss, status and disgrace,
censure and praise, pleasure and pain:
these conditions among human beings are inconstant,
impermanent, subject to change.
Knowing this, the wise person, mindful,
ponders these changing conditions.
Desirable things don’t charm the mind,
undesirable ones bring no resistance.
His welcoming and rebelling are scattered,
gone to their end,
do not exist.
- Lokavipatti Sutta