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.
|Keywords:||Forgiveness, Grace, Memory, Northern Ireland, Political, Reconciliation, Sermon on the Mount|
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|Publisher Web site:||https://doi.org/10.1177/0953946810397442|
|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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