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Wounds Not Healed By TimeThe Power of Repentance and Forgiveness$
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Solomon Schimmel

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780195128413

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195128419.001.0001

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Why & When to Forgive

Why & When to Forgive

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(p.61) Three Why & When to Forgive
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Wounds Not Healed By Time
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Solomon Schimmel (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195128419.003.0004

Discusses the Christian value of radical forgiveness and the theological and psychological assumptions upon which it is based. Contrasts these with teachings of Judaism about the relationship between justice and forgiveness, and critiques “radical forgiveness” from Judaic, psychological, and moral philosophical perspectives. Analyzes the relationship between Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) and New Testament views on forgiveness. Reasons for forgiving offenders are discussed, when it is morally and psychologically desirable to do so. Distinguishes between forgiveness as dissipation of anger at an offender, compassion for an offender, and love of an offender – “loving your enemy”.

Keywords:   Bible, Christianity, forgiveness, Judaism, justice, love your enemy, moral philosophy, psychology, radical forgiveness, theology

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