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An ethics of forgiveness

J.M. Vorster

Verbum et Ecclesia; Vol 30, No 1 (2009), 365-383. doi: 10.4102/ve.v30i1.79

Submitted: 17 July 2009
Published:  17 July 2009

Abstract

This article investigates the argument that the Christian idea of forgiveness can and should be translated into a socio-political context, from a Reformed perspective. It furthermore endeavours to provide guidelines that can be applied in the sphere of a political transition of the basis of an ethics of forgiveness. The new post-Apartheid society of South Africa is a good example of such a political transition. The central theoretical argument of this investigation is that the Christian theological perspective of forgiveness can indeed be translated into a socio-political praxis. Seen within the context of major biblical themes, this can provide a valuable, if not indispensable, contribution to the quest for reconciliation and nation-building in countries troubled by histories of colonialism, ethnocentrism, tribalism, racism and xenophobia.

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J.M. Vorster, North-west University, Potchefstroom

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