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Embodying Forgiveness: A Theological Analysis

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  63 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
A topic unjustly neglected in contemporary theology, forgiveness is often taken to be either too easy or too difficult. On the one hand is the conception of forgiveness that views it mainly as a move made for the well-being of the forgiver. On the other hand, forgiveness is sometimes made too difficult by suggestions that violence is the only effective force for responding ...more
Paperback, 333 pages
Published August 31st 1995 by Eerdmans (first published August 1st 1995)
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Paul Patterson
Jul 28, 2015 Paul Patterson rated it really liked it
I think an explanation for the diverse responses to Embodying Forgiveness by Goodread readers may be found in the distinction between style and content. The style is as one reviewer mentioned 'academic' whereas theme wise the book is a truly beautiful theological inquiry concerning forgiveness and why we moderns have such a difficulty embodying it. Unfortunately, the style at times borders on pedantic. Its only a guess but I sense this was a reworked Doctoral thesis.

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Karla Goforth Abreu
Jun 08, 2014 Karla Goforth Abreu rated it liked it
The author delves headlong into an examination of forgiveness which, in turn, becomes quite involved and leads to moral and ethical questions. The topic is dealt with in light of the redemptive power of Christ. The book is written in an academic style, thus, there are sections that the reading can be quite intense. Over all, the author does a fine job of analyzing and unpacking the concept of forgiveness from both the victim and offender's perspective. The three stars, rather than four, are due ...more
Timothy McCluskey
May 09, 2009 Timothy McCluskey rated it it was amazing
i really enjoyed this book. Jones' book is an antidote to the belief 'that love means never having to say you are sorry.' Forgiveness is costly grace.
R. Cunningham
Mar 10, 2016 R. Cunningham rated it it was amazing
Scattered thoughts--

Incredibly helpful work regarding the nature of Christian forgiveness. Grounds forgiveness in the narrative of the Triune God who gave Himself and emptied Himself for His enemies. Sees forgiveness as a Spirit-empowered inbreaking of the Kingdom of God with the telos of reconciliation and ultimately, communion - with God, others, and creation.
Works to resist (and critique) abstract notions of forgiveness and instead sees forgiveness as a 'craft' that takes time to cultivate, a
Leslie Fields
Feb 06, 2011 Leslie Fields is currently reading it
Deep theological treatment of the subject of forgiveness. Orr is not afraid to challenge the popular forgiveness-as-self-therapy practice that is prevalent inside and outside the church. It's fairly heavy reading, pretty academic language--and he's notably long winded, but there are marvelous truths here that challenge us to a deeper understanding of forgiveness.
Mar 24, 2014 Chris rated it did not like it
To put it mildly, that was impossible to read!
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