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Getting EvenForgiveness and Its Limits$
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Jeffrie G. Murphy

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195178555

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195178555.001.0001

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Forgiveness as a Virtue

Forgiveness as a Virtue

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(p.33) Four Forgiveness as a Virtue
Source:
Getting Even
Author(s):

Jeffrie G. Murphy

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195178555.003.0005

One risk that vindictiveness often creates is that it leads victimized people to become self-righteous fanatics. This chapter presents how forgiveness can be a more viable response to evil. It argues that forgiveness can be seen as a healing virtue since it has a capacity to free an individual from being consumed by anger, check one's tendency toward cruelty, and open doors to the restoration of broken relationships. To prove this case, the chapter cited the parable of the unforgiving servant. It is also demonstrated here that granting forgiveness does not necessarily disregard the self-respect of the victim as long as sincere repentance is manifested on the part of the wrongdoer.

Keywords:   victimized people, forgiveness, evil, healing virtue, parable of the unforgiving servant, self-respect, repentance, wrongdoer

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