Forgiveness in Context: Theology and Psychology in Creative Dialogue

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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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Contents

Interpersonal Forgiveness and Repentance in Judaism
11
Early Christian Thinking
29
Christian Theology
50
Forgiveness and Liturgy
69
Intrapersonal Forgiveness
83
The Healing of Relationships
106
The Capacity for Forgiveness
123
Forgiveness in Challenging Circumstances
144
Forgiveness and Reconciliation in South Africa
160
Concluding Reflections
178
Index
203
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Fraser Watts is Starbridge Lecturer in Theology and Natural Sciences, and Director of the Psychology and Religion Research Programme, University of Cambridge. Liz Gulliford is Research Assistant, Psychology and Religion Research Programme, University of Cambridge.

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