Forgiveness has been practiced for thousands of years within the within the framework of religious and philosophical systems. The scientific study, however, has begun only recently. This volume represents the wisdom collected from a symposium on the scientific approach to forgiveness sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation.
Noted scientists, theologians, and psychologists present their perspectives on forgiveness. Martin Marty discusses "The Ethos of Christian Forgiveness" and Elliot N. Dorff explains the Jewish perspective. Kenneth Pargament and Mark Rye reveal the method of religious coping; Roy Baumeister, Julie Exline, and Dristin Sommer discuss the roles of victims and the effects of holding grudges.
Everett Worthington explains "The Pyramid Model of Forgiveness, " while Robert Enright and Catherine Coyle elaborate on the model of forgiveness within psychological interventions. To support these premises is an annotated bibliography of research on forgiveness that will provide researchers with the latest findings on the scientific approach.
No matter what the perspective, the benefits of forgiveness can be measured and assessed. The good news is that within the data are imbedded the concepts of reconciliation and hope. Through this thorough investigation, we can begin to appreciate the powerful capacity human beings have to forgive and to grow.