To Understand All Is to Forgive All—Or Is It?

Jerome Nue

in Before Forgiving

Published in print June 2002 | ISBN: 9780195145205
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199848607 | DOI:
To Understand All Is to Forgive All—Or Is It?

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This chapter discusses determinism and forgiveness, to what extent either forgiveness or resentment are choices, and to what extent understanding must lead to forgiveness. It also addresses a simple case of understanding leading to forgiveness. In addition, it compares deciding to forgive and deciding to care. It might appear that if forgetting can be a form of forgiving, a shifting of attitude, perhaps changing one's attitude, not for reasons having to do with the offender but for one's own sake, say for anger management or other therapeutic reasons, might also be a form of forgiveness too. The direct link between understanding and forgiveness claimed by the expression “to understand all is to forgive all” is as questionable in relation to self-forgiveness as it is to forgiveness of others.

Keywords: forgiveness; determinism; resentment; forgiving; understanding; self-forgiveness

Chapter.  11645 words. 

Subjects: Clinical Psychology

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