The (im)possibility of forgiveness? An empirical intercultural Bible reading of Matthew 18.15-35
Stellenbosch : SUN media
Radboud University, 11 oktober 2017
Promotores : Hermans, C.A.M., Watt, J.G. van der
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Leerstoel Bronteksten van Jodendom en Christendom
SubjectCenter for Cognition, Culture and Language (CCCL); Center for Religion and Contemporary Society (CRCS)
This book engages the complexity of understandings of forgiveness among Black and White South African Christians within the context of an intercultural Bible reading process. The study shows that concepts of forgiveness among South African Bible readers are diverse, containing nuanced, and even conflicting, expressions and expectations. Whereas Black South Africans tend to associate forgiveness with social, political and economic factors, White South Africans tend to individualise and spiritualise forgiveness. In this sense, they separate it from the social, political and economic expectations. Some have suggested since such entrenched differences in understandings of forgiveness exist in South Africa, that forgiveness may be impossible. However, in spite of this complexity it is suggested that South Africans, and South Africa, could benefit from a rigorous empirical theological engagement with the theologically and culturally diverse understandings of forgiveness that emerge from reading Matthew 18.15-35 in an intercultural Bible reading setting. The knowledge gained from this study helps persons from diverse histories, cultural identities, racial identities, and economic classes, to gain more integral, shared, understandings of forgiveness. In this sense, at least, the possibility of forgiveness may emerge.
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