Forgiveness in Context: Theology and Psychology in Creative Dialogue
Fraser Watts, Liz Gulliford
A&C Black, Nov 30, 2004 - Religion - 208 pages
The last 20 years have seen the development of a growing body of psychological literature on the long-neglected subject of forgiveness. Forgiveness has been widely regarded as a purely religious construct. However, recently it has been advocated in many different secular contexts as offering an appropriate and healthy means of release. The book continually engages the reader on both psychological and theological levels in a sustained dialogue that has not permeated any of the books already available on forgiveness.
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