A Just Forgiveness: Responsible Healing Without Excusing Injustice

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  • Copyright: 2009-11-30
  • Publisher: Intervarsity Pr
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When serious injury or wrongdoing takes place, we cry out for justice to be done. At the same time, Christian faith calls for forgiveness and mercy. But forgiveness is often seen as letting people off the hook. Is it truly possible to forgive a betrayal, a rape, a genocide? How can Christians forgive without excusing wrongdoing?Psychologist and leading forgiveness researcher Everett Worthington demonstrates how Christians can and must hold forgiveness and justice together. He gives Christian foundations for understanding just forgiveness and dealing with wrongdoers. With concrete examples and field-tested exercises, Worthington shows how just forgiveness can be accomplished in families, churches and the world at large. This comprehensive guide offers practical resources for both individuals and communities, addressing situations from interpersonal to societal levels.Scripture tells us that righteousness and peace will kiss. Here's how we can respond to transgressions with justice, forgiveness and humility.

Author Biography

Everett L. Worthington Jr.(Ph.D., University of Missouri) is professor of psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University. He is the author of more than twenty books, including Handbook of Forgiveness, Hope-Focused Marriage Counseling and Forgiving and Reconciling.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 9
Understanding Just Forgiveness
Tensions and Questionsp. 19
Humilityp. 38
Justicep. 54
Forgivenessp. 73
Dealing with Wrongdoersp. 99
Living Out Just Forgiveness
Just Forgiveness in the Familyp. 127
Just Forgiveness in the Churchp. 148
Just Forgiveness in Communities and Societyp. 172
Just Forgiveness in the Worldp. 192
What Can We Do?p. 216
Acknowledgmentsp. 231
Notesp. 233
Name Indexp. 241
Subject Indexp. 243
Scripture Indexp. 251
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