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Embodying Forgiveness–Response to Gregory Jones

Mitchel, Patrick
June 4, 2015

Source: (2001) Lion & Lamb 31 (Winter). Belfast, Northern Ireland: Centre for Contemporary Christianity in Ireland.

In this paper Patrick Mitchel writes in response to Gregory Jones’s work on forgiveness. Mitchel focuses on how much forgiveness needs to be embodied in Northern Ireland with its deep and painful divisions. In particular he considers Jones’s perspective on the “burden of memoriesâ€? and the significance of this burden for the people of Northern Ireland, where memories of both victims and perpetrators remain largely unredeemed. Michel, building on Jones’s ideas and using an example from South Africa, reflects on the nature and potential of forgiveness for Christians in Northern Ireland, as well as for the general society.


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