Forgiveness and Christian Ethics

Forgiveness and Christian Ethics

by Anthony Bash
ISBN-10:
0521878802
ISBN-13:
9780521878807
Pub. Date:
08/31/2007
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
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Forgiveness and Christian Ethics

What does it mean to forgive? The answer is widely assumed to be self-evident but critical analysis quickly reveals the complexities of the subject. Forgiveness has traditionally been the preserve of Christian theology, though in the last half century - and at an accelerating pace - psychologists, lawyers, politicians and moral philosophers have all been making an important contribution to questions about and our understanding of the subject. Anthony Bash offers a vigorous restatement of the Christian view of forgiveness in critical dialogue with those both within and without the Christian tradition. Forgiveness is a much more complicated subject than many theologians recognize. Bash explores the relevance of the theoretical discussion of the topic to recent events such as the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa, post-Holocaust trials, the aftermath of 9/11 and July 7 and various high-profile criminal cases.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521878807
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 08/31/2007
Series: New Studies in Christian Ethics Series , #29
Pages: 220
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.71(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Forgiveness and wrongdoing; 2. Forgiveness then and now; 3. Forgiveness and psychological therapy; 4. Justice and forgiveness; 5. Forgiveness and the New Testament; 6. The ideal of forgiveness; 7. Forgiveness and structural wrongdoing; 8. Forgiveness, punishment and justice; 9. Varieties of forgiveness; 10. Afterthoughts.

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