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Why & When to Forgive

Solomon Schimmel

in Wounds Not Healed By Time

Published in print September 2002 | ISBN: 9780195128413
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834648 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195128419.003.0004
Why & When to Forgive

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Discusses the Christian value of radical forgiveness and the theological and psychological assumptions upon which it is based. Contrasts these with teachings of Judaism about the relationship between justice and forgiveness, and critiques “radical forgiveness” from Judaic, psychological, and moral philosophical perspectives. Analyzes the relationship between Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) and New Testament views on forgiveness. Reasons for forgiving offenders are discussed, when it is morally and psychologically desirable to do so. Distinguishes between forgiveness as dissipation of anger at an offender, compassion for an offender, and love of an offender – “loving your enemy”.

Keywords: Bible; Christianity; forgiveness; Judaism; justice; love your enemy; moral philosophy; psychology; radical forgiveness; theology

Chapter.  11994 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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