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Art of Forgiveness

Geiko Muller-Fahrenholz

Art of Forgiveness

Geiko Muller-Fahrenholz

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Can the theological ideas of forgiveness and reconciliation have any political relevance, given the massive inhumanities of our time, of which Auschwitz remains the most horrifying symbol? Reconciliation is a word that springs lightly from the mouths of politicians and pundits, perhaps because it never seems to have much concrete content. Forgiveness is a concept that seems shorn of its roots by the gradual disappearance of the sense of sinning against God and of the need for penance -- reducing forgiveness to a social convention (as in 'Pardon me!'). The thought that either of these theological ideas might have some political relevance seems thoroughly unconvincing in the light of the apparently unforgivable horrors of our time. This book grows out of the conviction that, as the author says, it is necessary to think about forgiveness not in spite of Auschwitz but because of Auschwitz. Drawing on the Bible and church history, Geiko Muller-Fahrenholz shows how the idea of forgiveness has been distorted, abused and largely lost, and why it is so important to reclaim this healing art, not only in personal relations but especially in the relations between nations and peoples

- Publisher This book grows out of the conviction that, as the author says, "it is necessary to think about forgiveness not in spite of Auschwitz but because of Auschwitz." Drawing on the Bible and church history, Geiko Mller-Fahrenholz shows how the idea of forgiveness has been distorted, abused and largely lost, and why it is so important to reclaim this healing art, not only in personal relations but especially in the relations between nations and peoples. He devotes one chapter to a careful analysis of the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission set up after the end of apartheid in South Africa, and its relevance to many other situations of deeply rooted hostility and conflict in the world today.

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Can the theological ideas of forgiveness and reconciliation have any political relevance, given the massive inhumanities of our time, of which Auschwitz remains the most horrifying symbol? Reconciliation is a word that springs lightly from the mouths of politicians and pundits, perhaps because it never seems to have much concrete content. Forgiveness is a concept that seems shorn of its roots by the gradual disappearance of the sense of sinning against God and of the need for penance -- reducing forgiveness to a social convention (as in 'Pardon me!'). The thought that either of these theological ideas might have some political relevance seems thoroughly unconvincing in the light of the apparently unforgivable horrors of our time. This book grows out of the conviction that, as the author says, it is necessary to think about forgiveness not in spite of Auschwitz but because of Auschwitz. Drawing on the Bible and church history, Geiko Muller-Fahrenholz shows how the idea of forgiveness has been distorted, abused and largely lost, and why it is so important to reclaim this healing art, not only in personal relations but especially in the relations between nations and peoples
- Publisher

This book grows out of the conviction that, as the author says, "it is necessary to think about forgiveness not in spite of Auschwitz but because of Auschwitz." Drawing on the Bible and church history, Geiko Mller-Fahrenholz shows how the idea of forgiveness has been distorted, abused and largely lost, and why it is so important to reclaim this healing art, not only in personal relations but especially in the relations between nations and peoples. He devotes one chapter to a careful analysis of the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission set up after the end of apartheid in South Africa, and its relevance to many other situations of deeply rooted hostility and conflict in the world today.
- Publisher

Meet the Author

Geiko Muller-Fahrenholz

Geiko M]ller-Fahrenholz is a writer, lecturer, and ecumenical consultant. He has served on the World Council of Churches, acted as Director of the Protestant Academy of the Nordelbische Lutheran Church, and been a professor in Costa Rica. His various works include God's Spirit: Transforming a World in Crisis and The Art of Forgiveness.

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  • Catalogue Code 150321
  • Product Code 2825412244
  • EAN 9782825412244
  • Pages 106
  • Department Academic
  • Category Theology
  • Sub-Category Salvation
  • Publisher World Council Of Churches
  • Publication Date May 2004
  • Dimensions 215 x 140 x 12 mm
  • Weight 0.159kg

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