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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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Concluding Remarks

Concluding Remarks

(p.115) Concluding Remarks
Getting Even

Jeffrie G. Murphy

Oxford University Press

The previous chapters have offered a comprehensive analysis of forgiveness that provides a religious framework on its related issues. This chapter summarizes the message that the book advocates. Choosing between forgiveness and vindictiveness is not a choice between reason and compulsion. Hasty forgiveness may sometimes entail danger both on the victim and the wrongdoer. Though the virtue of forgiveness should be highly regarded, we should also acknowledge that victims deserve to have their vindictive passions valued as well rather than judging and giving sermons to them.

Keywords:   forgiveness, vindictiveness, victim, wrongdoer, vindictive passions

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