in The Moral Gap

Published in print May 1997 | ISBN: 9780198269571
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683701 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Theological Ethics


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This chapter examines what it means for one human being to forgive another. It aims to show that God’s forgiveness is both like and unlike people’s forgiveness of each other. It considers why the burden of past failures should matter to people when they cannot be amended. This chapter illustrates how an offender and victim can undo the past together and explains the connection between forgiveness and mutuality. It also evaluates the cases where the offender tried to do what is necessary to amend the past, but was not forgiven by the victim, and the reverse case where the offender was forgiven without doing anything to correct his mistakes.

Keywords: forgiveness; God; past failures; offender; victim; mutuality

Chapter.  9789 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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