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Exploring Forgiveness
Edited by Robert D. Enright and Joanna North
With a Foreword by Archbishop Desmond Tutu

"Forgiveness is an absolute necessity for continued human existence."—Archbishop Desmond Tutu, from the Foreword

"Robert Enright and Joanna North have produced a truly remarkable book on a subject of enormous relevance to our troubled world. I commend it to anyone who wants to wrestle seriously with one of the toughest issues that faces humankind—how to deal positively with real and deep offenses. Such offenses occur, both in our private lives and in larger society. Here are some penetrating concepts and practical ideas on how to creatively deal with those offenses through forgiveness. Surprising and powerful thoughts confront you as you read these pages on how to achieve true and lasting forgiveness."—Millard Fuller, founder and president of Habitat for Humanity International

"Exploring Forgiveness is a most significant contribution to the growing body of literature on the most critical challenge facing human existence today: can people who have been injured and wronged surmount their hostilities and live together in peace?"—Lewis B. Smedes, professor emeritus of theology and ethics, Fuller Theological Seminary

"From Desmond Tutu's Foreword to Robert Enright's comprehensive bibliography, this is a book worth reading. Someday we may speak, in one breath, of Kohlberg's moral stages, Gilligan's ethical voices, and Enright's units of forgiveness."—John Snarey, professor of human development and ethics, Emory University

Pioneers in the study of forgiveness, Robert Enright and Joanna North have compiled a collection of twelve essays ranging from a first-person account of the mother of a murdered child to an assessment of the United States' post-war reconciliations with Germany and Vietnam. This book explores forgiveness in interpersonal relationships, family relationships, the individual and society relationship, and international relations through the eyes of philosophers and educators as well as a psychologist, police chief-turned-minister, law professor, sociologist, psychiatrist, social worker, and theologian.

Robert D. Enright is professor in the Educational Psychology Department at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He is president of the International Forgiveness Institute at UW–Madison, has lectured across the country, and has appeared on ABC News 20/20.

Joanna North is a freelance writer and teaches philosophy at the University of London. She has appeared on British television and radio and has published articles on the philosophy of forgiveness.

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May 1998
97-049297 BF
200 pp. 6 x 9

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