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Political reconciliation, forgiveness and grace.

Scarre, Geoffrey (2011) 'Political reconciliation, forgiveness and grace.', Journal of Christian ethics., 24 (2). pp. 171-182.


This essay argues that the overuse of the idiom of forgiveness has distorted our understanding of the nature and requirements of political reconciliation, and proposes its supplementation by a notion of grace. This is a mode of response to wrongs that is less hedged around by conventions and conditions, and grace complements forgiveness in contexts in which the latter is inappropriate; it is also more serviceable for maintaining inter-community harmony in the long term. Following a detailed analysis of grace in the political environment, the paper concludes by tracing a concept of grace in the Sermon on the Mount.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Forgiveness, Grace, Memory, Northern Ireland, Political, Reconciliation, Sermon on the Mount
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Publisher statement:Scarre, Geoffrey (2011). Political reconciliation, forgiveness and grace. Journal of Christian Ethics 24(2): 171-182. Copyright © 2011 The Author(s). Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications.
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Date deposited:13 February 2015
Date of first online publication:May 2011
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