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Through nonviolence to truth: Gandhi’s vision of reconciliation

da Silva, Anthony
June 4, 2015

Source: (2001) In Forgiveness and reconciliation: Religion, public policy, & conflict transformation, ed. Raymond G. Helmick, S.J., and Rodney L. Petersen, 295-317. With a foreword by Archbishop Desmond M. Tutu. Philadelphia: Templeton Foundation Press.

In this essay, da Silva presents Gandhi’s message of reconciliation through nonviolence. He begins by elaborating two key Gandhian concepts – truth and nonviolence, along with their foundations in Eastern thought and spirituality. These two Gandhian concepts are then compared to current ideas on forgiveness and reconciliation in Western thought, particularly as articulated in terms of their social or public dimensions. With all of this in mind, da Silva seeks to demonstrate common threads between Eastern and Western perspectives on reconciliation. Case studies of reconciliation from India – with reflections and questions – make the issues in the chapter specific and real.


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