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Is forgiveness possible? Reconciliation as a key ecumenical mandate.

Petersen, Rodney L.
June 4, 2015

Source: (2014) The Ecumenical Review. 66(2):177-190.

The journey to reconciliation includes a growing awareness of the many assumptions
that lie beneath the concept. It is a journey that may have a variety of starting points, but
somewhere along the way will include the concept of forgiveness. And, at least in this
paper, we will begin our journey with the question of forgiveness and whether it is
indeed possible. Like Bunyan’s pilgrim, Christian, we begin a journey toward reconciliation
through the “wicket gate” of forgiveness – and from there on to a highway that
may lead to reconciliation, even the “beloved community” envisioned by civil rights
leaders, political philosophers, and theologians. (excerpt)


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