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Publication details for Professor Geoffrey ScarreScarre, Geoffrey (2011). Political reconciliation, forgiveness and grace. Journal of Christian Ethics 24(2): 171-182.
- Publication type: Journal Article
- ISSN/ISBN: 0953-9468, 1745-5235
- DOI: 10.1177/0953946810397442
- Keywords: Forgiveness, Grace, Memory, Northern Ireland, Political, Reconciliation, Sermon on the Mount
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This essay argues that the overuse of the idiom of forgiveness has distorted our understanding of the nature and requirements of political reconciliation, and proposes its supplementation by a notion of grace. This is a mode of response to wrongs that is less hedged around by conventions and conditions, and grace complements forgiveness in contexts in which the latter is inappropriate; it is also more serviceable for maintaining inter-community harmony in the long term. Following a detailed analysis of grace in the political environment, the paper concludes by tracing a concept of grace in the Sermon on the Mount.