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, and its associations with a 'neurotic; Christianity perhaps led to its exile from the consulting room. However, recently it has been advocated in many different secular contexts as offering an appropriate and healthy means of release from the wrongdoing on social, interpersonal and individual levels. 'Forgiveness in Context' represents a comprehensive volume dealing with a whole range of contextual issues in which forgiveness may be embedded, and continues to address the idealism which has sometimes influenced discussions on the subject. 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 to the extent we propose here. Although some of the chapters have a more psychological 'flavour', whilst others are theological in tone, it is central to the ethos of this book that it should weave psychology and theology together throughout all chapters.
'...a significant book....thoughtful...The editors should be congratulated for putting this wealth of well-represented and significant material into such easily accessible form.'--Sanford Lakoff "Theology "
Chapter 1: Forgiveness: Relating Psychology and Theology..Chapter 2: Forgiveness and Repentance in Judaism..Chapter 3: Early Christian Thinking..Chapter 4: Christian Theology..Chapter 5: Forgiveness and Liturgy..Chapter 6: Intrapersonal Forgiveness..Chapter 7: The Healing of Relationships..Chapter 8: The Capacity for Forgiveness..Chapter 9: Forgiveness in Challenging Circumstances..Chapter 10: Forgiveness in the Socio-Political Sphere..Chapter 11:Concluding Reflections