According to the authors of this powerfully reasoned book, only a serious commitment to the Christian ideas of forgiveness and reconciliation can meet the needs of today's troubled world -- and the church must take the lead in this process.
Partly a survey of existing attitudes and partly a how-to manual for the development of an active, public church, this book highlights the importance of forgiveness in both congregational life and society, and it traces out the intricacies of making it happen. After discussing common views of human nature and exploring the concepts of forgiveness and reconciliation as found in Scripture and throughout church history, the authors introduce a four-pronged approach to fostering forgiveness that includes education, community involvement, political advocacy, and strategies for developing the moral courage required to confront secular society.
Bold and constructive, this book offers a powerful vision of the relation of Christianity and culture.
|What People Are Really Thinking: A Survey of Four Churches||p. 19|
|Are Forgiveness, Reconciliation, and Moral Courage Really Possible? (The Nature of Human Nature)||p. 48|
|Forgiveness and Reconciliation in the Bible: The Relation of Justice and Mercy||p. 75|
|A Brief History of Transgression and Reconciliation among Christians||p. 99|
|Forgiveness and Reconciliation through Moral Development in Families, Churches, Schools, and Communities||p. 124|
|A Four-Pronged Approach to Increasing Forgiveness, Reconciliation, and Moral Courage||p. 146|
|Moral and Spiritual Education Linked to Sacramental/Liturgical Life||p. 175|
|Dealing with Moral Failure: Forgiveness and Reconciliation in Christian Worship||p. 204|
|Survey of Attitudes concerning Confession, Forgiveness, and Reconciliation||p. 225|
|Facilitator's Guide, Reconciliation Workshop||p. 233|
|Psychological Variables That May Be Involved When We Forgive||p. 237|
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Series: Studies in Practical Theology
Number Of Pages: 260
Published: April 2004
Publisher: William B Eerdmans Publishing Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.39