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Maria Mayo questions the contemporary idealization of unconditional forgiveness in three areas of contemporary life: so-called Victim-Offender Mediation involving cases of criminal injury, the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in post-apartheid South Africa, and the pastoral care of victims of domestic violence. In each area, she shows how an emphasis on unilateral and unconditional forgiveness is often presented as a Christian (and Christlike) obligation, putting disproportionate pressure on the victims of injustice or violence. Mayo also takes pains to show that the idealization of forgiveness in each case depends on peculiarly modern psychological and therapeutic notions of forgiveness and misrepresents and misconstrues the very biblical passages—especially in Jesus’ teaching and actions—on which advocates of unconditional forgiveness rely. The Limits of Forgiveness is an incisive critique of the forgiveness “mystique” and a sobering wake-up call to any who look to the Bible for guidance in situations of injury or injustice.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. xi-xv
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. pp. xvii-xix
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  1. Abbreviations
  2. pp. xxi-xxii
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  1. Introduction: Mapping the Forgiveness Territory
  2. pp. 1-46
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  1. Repentance and Repair, or “Ethical Bungee Jumping”? Forgiveness in the “Seventy-Times-Seven” Instructions and Victim-Offender Mediation
  2. pp. 47-96
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  1. Community Cohesion, or a Hegemony of Harmony? Forgiveness in the Lord’s Prayer and in Post-apartheid South Africa
  2. pp. 97-158
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  1. Passionate Prayer, or Pastoral Pressure? Forgiveness in Luke 23:34a and the Pastoral Care of Victims of Domestic Violence
  2. pp. 159-206
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  1. Conclusion: The Future of Forgiveness
  2. pp. 207-214
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 215-246
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  1. Index of Authors
  2. pp. 247-250
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  1. Index of Scripture References
  2. pp. 251-254
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781506400372
Related ISBN
9781451493085
MARC Record
OCLC
914433162
Pages
192
Launched on MUSE
2015-08-17
Language
English
Open Access
No
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