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CAN WE FORGIVE OTHERS AS GOD FORGIVES US?

Saturday 19 October: 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Faculty of Divinity, Runcie Room, Sidgwick Site, West Road, CB3 9BS

‘Forgiveness’ has become a subject of serious study in psychology and philosophy over the last three decades, with far more attention being given to it in recent years than over the previous century. There is significant interest in ethics in question of how forgiveness and justice relate, and in psychology on how people can be helped to forgive. Christianity is understood by many to be a religion of forgiveness; in part, because it has a strong story of God’s forgiveness to tell and, in part, because forgiveness of others seems to me mandated in the New Testament. Indeed these two forms of forgiveness – forgiveness by God and forgiveness of and by other people – are understood in Christian thinking and spirituality to be intricately interwoven; the clearest and most obvious focus of this being the clause, ‘forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us’ in the Lord’s Prayer.

The lecture will address the question of how these forms can and should relate by comparing God’s forgiveness with human forgiveness and asking what it is reasonable to expect of people who have suffered serious harm at the hands of others.

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01223 766766

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Age: Adults, Talk, Arrive on time, Free

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