Source: (2007) Anglican Theological Review. 89(3): 359-373.

In this essay, I argue that the resurrection, rather than the atonement, provides the proper starting point for theological reflection on reconciliation and, restorative justice. To frame this discussion, I survey attitudes toward the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa (TRC) in order to trace the achievements and limitations of reconciliation and. restorative justice. This makes it possihie to develop a point of verification to assay theologies of reconciliation that hegin toith the doctrine ofthe atonement, particularly that developed, by South African theologian John de Gruchy. Dratving from the ivork of Rowan Williams, I suggest ways in which the resurrection provides a hetter starting point for contending with the achievements and limitations ofthe TRC, as well as ongoing commitment to the work of reconciliation and. restorative justice. (Author's abstract)