Amidst the cacophony of claims made about forgiveness, this book serves to aid in an effort to put “forgiveness in perspective.” Marieke Smit and Christopher R. Allers have collected here ten essays written by twelve authors from around the world and across the disciplinary spectrum including philosophers, practitioners, psychologists, literary theorists, and prison chaplains. All the essays offer a perspective on forgiveness and put forgiveness in perspective whether by tracing what forgiveness “is,” how this religious inheritance is worked out in our secularizing societies, how forgiveness works in our quotidian experience, or a particular manifestation in a particular context such as marriage, prison, or after an abortion, to name a few. The multi-disciplinary character of this book provides a multi-disciplinary appeal as well as a resource to enlarge one’s own perspective on this perplexing, enigmatic, and wonderfully complex concept of forgiveness.
Christopher R. Allers and Marieke Smit: Introduction: Putting Forgiveness in Perspective: Some First Words, No Last Word
Forgiveness between Past and Future
Steve Larocco: Forgiveness: A Quiet Assault on the Malicious
Christopher R. Allers: Undoing What Has Been Done: Arendt and Levinas on Forgiveness
Alisa L. Carse and Lynne Tirrell: Forgiving Grave Wrongs
The Right to Forgive
Linda Radzik: Moral Bystanders and the Virtue of Forgiveness
Regan Lance Reitsma: If God Cannot Forgive, What Becomes of Harmony? The Strength of a Victim’s Moral Prerogative Not to Forgive
Forgiveness and the Judeo-Christian Tradition
Danielle Celermajer: From the Religious to the Political Apology: How the Religious Prehistory of Apology Makes Sense of Collective Responsibility
Fergus Hogan: In Search of Forgiveness: Men and Abortion in Post-Catholic Ireland
Narratives of Forgiveness
Carla S. Ross: Reconciling Irreconcilable Differences Through Forgiveness
Marieke Smit: Prisoners and Forgiveness
Barbara Flood and Christina Tomacic-Niaros: The Community Response To Violence: Do Rituals of Healing Support Forgiveness?
About the Editors:
Marieke Smit is a researcher at the Centre for Prison Pastoral Care at the University of Tilburg, The Netherlands. Her research concerns the role of forgiveness in detention. She is also working as a prison chaplain in Dutch prisons.
Christopher R. Allers (M.A., Institute for Christian Studies, Toronto) is Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at Cornerstone University (Grand Rapids, MI) and Sessional Instructor in Philosophy at the Institute for Christian Studies, Toronto (ICS) where he is also a doctoral student in the conjoint degree program between ICS and the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam. He is currently working on a dissertation on forgiveness which is tentatively titled The Miracle of Forgiveness.