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Strategies of Peace$
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Daniel Philpott and Gerard Powers

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195395914

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195395914.001.0001

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Turning from Hatred to Community Friendship

Turning from Hatred to Community Friendship

Forgiveness Education as a Resource for Strategic Peacebuilding in Postaccord Belfast

(p.291) 12 Turning from Hatred to Community Friendship
Strategies of Peace

Robert D. Enright

Jeanette Knutson Enright

Anthony C. Holter

Oxford University Press

Forgiveness education should have a role in long-term strategies for peacebuilding. The authors argue that forgiveness has the power to break cycles of sectarian violence and makes possible what Aristotle termed “civic friendship.” In Belfast, Northern Ireland, the psychological effects of anger among children are high enough to warrant clinical intervention. The authors find that forgiveness education corresponds to decreases in anger, depression, and anxiety in children. They offer examples of effective forgiveness education curricula for teachers.

Keywords:   forgiveness education, forgiveness, anger, trauma healing, Northern Ireland, strategic peacebuilding, sectarian violence, Aristotle, children and war

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