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Forgiveness and Christian Ethics


  • Page extent: 222 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.5 kg


 (ISBN-13: 9780521878807)

What does it mean to forgive? The answer is widely assumed to be self-evident but critical analysis quickly reveals the complexities of the subject. Forgiveness has traditionally been the preserve of Christian theology, though in the last half century - and at an accelerating pace - psychologists, lawyers, politicians and moral philosophers have all been making an important contribution to questions about and our understanding of the subject. Anthony Bash offers a vigorous restatement of the Christian view of forgiveness in critical dialogue with those both within and without the Christian tradition. Forgiveness is a much more complicated subject than many theologians recognize. Bash explores the relevance of the theoretical discussion of the topic to recent events such as the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa, post-Holocaust trials, the aftermath of 9/11 and July 7 and various high-profile criminal cases.

• Illustrated with topical examples • Offers a Christian theology of interpersonal forgiveness • Considers the views of psychologists, lawyers, philosophers and politicians as well as theologians


Introduction; 1. Forgiveness and wrongdoing; 2. Forgiveness then and now; 3. Forgiveness and psychological therapy; 4. Justice and forgiveness; 5. Forgiveness and the New Testament; 6. The ideal of forgiveness; 7. Forgiveness and structural wrongdoing; 8. Forgiveness, punishment and justice; 9. Varieties of forgiveness; 10. Afterthoughts.


Review of the hardback: '[A book] whose subject-matter could not be more important.' Church Times

Review of the hardback: 'The range of thinkers and practitioners dealt with in this book ensures that readers will be well informed about forgiveness and concomitant issues.' Journal for the Study of the New Testament

Review of the hardback: 'This book is bound to have a huge and positive impact. I commend it warmly and without reservation.' Theology

'Throughout the book Bash weaves together jurisprudence and law, psychology and philosophy, theology and Christian ethics. He has some particularly interesting and well-put thoughts on the effects on Christian views of forgiveness, justice and punishment in the light and death of the resurrection of Christ.' Ecclesiastical Law Journal

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