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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 and Christianity

Forgiveness and Christianity

(p.87) Eight Forgiveness and Christianity
Getting Even

Jeffrie G. Murphy

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides an exploration on the manners by which a Christian perspective can affect one's thinking and own judgment on forgiveness positively or negatively. First, it examines a number of central Christian teachings about vengeance and forgiveness that can be accepted in secular terms. Afterwards, the chapter looks into various Christian teachings that can be accepted only in the context of Christian commitment. Two scriptural passages from Romans are cited on this section that shows God's approval of vengeance. However, human limitations inhibit God to entrust his creatures with such task. The chapter ends by drawing some insights from the theologian Marilyn Adams about Christian teachings that has bearing on forgiveness. Four teachings are presented in detail.

Keywords:   Christian, forgiveness, Christian teachings, God, vengeance, Marilyn Adams

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