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)
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