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On Forgiveness: How Can We Forgive the Unforgiveable?

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In this inspiring work, Richard Holloway tackles the great theme of forgiveness. It is a subject that he explores in the widest context but underpinning this examination is his belief that religion has given us many of the best stories and metaphors for the act. He proceeds to relate forgiveness to such events as September 11th, the Truth Commission in South Africa, and th ...more
Paperback, 100 pages
Published February 9th 2002 by Canongate UK (first published 2002)
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Chris Lester
Jun 10, 2011 Chris Lester rated it it was amazing
This book was loaned to me by a fellow teacher who hailed from Scotland, where Richard Holloway once served as Bishop of Edinburgh for the Episcopal Church. Holloway stepped down from that position because of doubts about his faith; he didn't feel like he could honestly continue serving in a position of religious authority when he wasn't sure if he believed what he was teaching. There is a level of integrity to this that impresses me greatly, even though it also saddens me a bit.

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Linnea
Apr 05, 2008 Linnea rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone... even those who don't think they need to forgive anyone or be forgiven anything.
I was initially interested in this book because I wanted to learn how to forgive others and let go of grudges I was holding on to and getting angry about. I assumed it was some sort of self-help book...but I was wrong. It is more than a self-help book. The author uses religious examples in his understanding of forgiveness, but does so in a way which does not limit the applicability of the book to Christians. His book uses poetry, historical examples to illustrate ideas around/behind forgiveness. ...more
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Richard F. Holloway (born 26 November 1933) is a Scottish writer and broadcaster and was formerly Bishop of Edinburgh in the Scottish Episcopal Church.

Holloway was educated at Kelham Theological College, Edinburgh Theological College and the Union Theological Seminary, New York City. Between 1959 and 1986 he was a curate, vicar and rector at various parishes in England, Scotland and the United Sta
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