The End of Memory: Remembering Rightly in a Violent World (2nd Edition)
: Winner of the 2007 Christianity Today Book Award in Christianity and Culture How should we remember atrocities? Should we ever forgive abusers? Can we not hope for final reconciliation, even if it means redeemed victims and perpetrators spending...
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Winner of the 2007 Christianity Today Book Award in Christianity and Culture
How should we remember atrocities? Should we ever forgive abusers? Can we not hope for final reconciliation, even if it means redeemed victims and perpetrators spending eternity together?
We live in an age which insists that past wrongs-genocides, terrorist attacks, bald personal injustices-should never be forgotten. But Miroslav Volf here proposes the radical idea that letting go of such memories-after a certain point and under certain conditions-may actually be a gift of grace we should embrace. Volf's personal stories of persecution and interrogation frame his search for theological resources to make memories a wellspring of healing rather than a source of deepening pain and animosity. Controversial, thoughtful, and incisively reasoned, The End of Memory begins a conversation that we avoid to our great detriment.
This second edition includes an appendix on the memories of perpetrators as well as victims, a response to his critics, and a recent James K. A. Smith interview with Volf about the nature and function of memory in the Christian life.
Miroslav Volf (Dr. Theol., University of Tubingen) is the Director of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture and the Henry B. Wright Professor of Systematic Theology. Professor Volf's recent books include Free of Charge: Giving and Forgiving in a Culture Stripped of Grace (2006), Archbishop of Canterbury Lenten book for 2006; Exclusion and Embrace: A Theological Exploration of Identity, Otherness, and Reconciliation (1996), a winner of the 2002 Grawemeyer Award; After Our Likeness: The Church as the Image of the Trinity (1998), winner of the Christianity Today book award, and The End Of Memory: Remembering Rightly in a Violent World.
A member of the Episcopal Church in the U.S.A. and the Evangelical Church in Croatia, Professor Volf was involved in international ecumenical dialogues (for instance, with the Vatican Council for Promotion of Christian Unity) and interfaith dialogues (most recently in Christian-Muslim dialogue). A native of Croatia, he regularly teaches and lectures in Central and Eastern Europe.
Koorong -Editorial Review.
- :<p><b>table Of Contents</b></p><p>part One: Remember!<br /> 1. Memory Of Interrogations<br /> 2. Memory: Shield And Sword<br /> Part Two: How Should We Remember?<br /> 3. Speaking Truth, Practicing Grace<br /> 4. Wounded Self, Healed Memories<br /> 5. Frameworks Of Memories<br /> 6. Memory, The Exodus, And The Passion<br /> Part Three: How Long Should We Remember?<br /> 7. River Of Memory, River Of Forgetting<br /> 8. Defenders Of Forgetting<br /> 9. Redemption: Harmonizing And Driving Out<br /> 10. Rapt In Goodness<br /> Postscript: An Imagined Reconciliation<br /> On Memories Of Perpetrators And Victims<br /> Afterword<br /> Epilogue: Fifteen Years Later<br /> Interview With James K. A. Smith</p>