To the OP, these are my understandings, though some would contest them:
Here-and-Now Rebirth: The moment to moment rebirth/arising of unwholesome mental states based on Ignorance. Collectively we call this cycle of rebirths "Samsara", and it is Samsara we seek to escape. Through understanding Impermanence, Karma (conditionality), Dukkha and how it arises (Dependent Origination), we are shown a path where we might apply skillful means toward the cultivation of wholesome conditions that will lead to our awakening/liberation in this life.
Combined with Nihilistic View = Wrong View that nothing persists after death, no continuity of life or consciousness. This is in opposition to the Buddha's teachings and can lead to depression, immoral/unethical actions, and suicide.
Combined with Eternity View = Wrong View that one is reborn numerous times, identified with "my future rebirths" or "my past rebirths", both of which imply a personal rebirth ("I", "mine") or ownership of the consciousness which gives rise to life. This is in opposition to the doctrine of no-self and makes detachment from a view/doctrine of self more difficult, as well as lessening the immediacy of liberation from dukkha in the here-and-now.
Right View = Consciousness is a condition for life; gives rise to new life. Upon dissolution of the aggregates, this consciousness (if still with Ignorance) constitutes new life. This "rebirth" is impersonal; selfless. It is not "you", nor do you own the consciousness or lives that preceded or succeed "your life" (nor even that).
The trend has been a move further and further from the Middle Way toward an eternity view.
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