A Journey through Forgiveness

A Journey through Forgiveness
Edited by Malika Rebai Maamri, Nehama Verbin, and Everett L. Worthington, Jr.

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In A Journey through Forgiveness scholars and activists from a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives engage each other around the topic of forgiveness. They examine its benefits and costs, its motives, and its limitations. The different voices do not sing in unity, but by the end of the book, you might conclude that some times of beautiful harmony were heard.

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Key Words: Empirical research, rumination, mental health, terrorist trauma, incognito forgiveness, criminal justice system, holocaust, mediation, penance, divorce, literature, ethics, apologies, radical forgiveness, reconciliation.


Malika Rebai Maamri, Nehama Verbin & Everett L. Worthington, Jr.

Part 1 Forgiveness in Philosophical Thought

What is Forgiveness?
Nehama Verbin

The Conditions of Forgiveness in Recent Philosophical Thought
Hunter Brown

A Plea against Apologies
Oliver Hallich

Part 2 Forgiveness and Religion

Anger toward God: A New Frontier in the Study of Forgiveness
Julie J. Exline

Understanding Forgiveness in the Lives of Religious People: The Role of Sacred and Secular Elements
Nathaniel Wade & Julia Kidwell

Forgiveness and Religion: Update and Current Status
Everett L. Worthington, Jr., Don E. Davis, Joshua N. Hook, Daryl R. Van Tongeren, Aubrey L. Gartner, David J. Jennings II, Chelsea L. Greer &
Todd W. Greer

Forgiveness or Reconciliation after the Shoah? An Ecumenical Perspective
Karolina Wigura

Radical Forgiveness and Feminist Theology
Elisabeth Gedge

Part 3 The Psychology of Forgiveness

The Art of Forgiving: Conditions of Perspective and Transformation
Richard Kyte

Forgiveness, Differentiation of Self and Mental Health
Steven J. Sandage and Peter J. Jankowski

Understanding and Approaching Forgiveness as Altruism: Relationships with Rumination, Self-Control and a Gratitude-Based Strategy
Charlotte van Oyen Witvliet

Healing and Forgiveness after Traumatic Events: The Case of Holocaust Survivors from the Fortunoff Archives
Clara Mucci

Forgiveness as a Way of Coping Following Divorce
Mark S. Rye

Part 4 Forgiveness in the Political and Social Arena

Year 1989 – Incognito Forgiveness? Some Aspects of Transitional Justice in Poland
Jarosław Kuisz

Algerian President’s Peace Plan: Political and Psychological Perspectives of Forgiveness
Malika Rebai Maamri

On Forgiveness, Hope and Community: Or the Fine Line Step between Authentic and Fractured Communities
James Arvanitakis

Post-Holocaust ‘Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness’: The Tensions between Remembrance and Forgiveness at Sites of National Conscience
Cayo Gamber

Alternative Dispute Resolution: Are Apology and Forgiveness Simply Two Sides of the One Coin?
Geraldine Neal

Restorative Justice as a Pathway for Forgiveness: How Could Forgiveness Operate within the Criminal Justice System?
Jac Armstrong

The Art of Forgiveness
Charlie Ryder

Part 5 Lessons of Forgiveness from Literature

Poetry as a Medium of Forgiveness in the Light of Czesław Miłosz’s Oeuvre
Anna M. Szczepan-Wojnarska

Negotiating Possibilities of Forgiveness in Margaret Walker’s Jubilee
Doaa AbdelHafez Hamada

Felicia Hemans, the Psychodynamics of Hope and Trend Forgiveness
Maryam Farahani

Levinasian Ethics and the Failure to Forgive in Jean-Paul Sartre’s The Flies
Canan Şavkay

About the Editors

Malika Rebai Maamri is a Senior Lecturer at the National School of Higher Education in Political Science in Algiers, Algeria. Her research interests include literature with a focus on cultural contact, political community in Africa, teaching and education. She is the author of several journal articles and book chapters. She is currently writing a book entitled Citizenship and Fractured National Identity in Algeria. She also works as Editor for international journals. She is a member of the Joseph Conrad Society in the UK.

Nehama Verbin is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Tel Aviv University, Israel. Her research interests include ethics, aesthetics and philosophy of religion. She has published various articles on forgiveness in the religious and the non-religious sphere. She is also the author of Divinely Abused: A Philosophical Perspective on Job and his Kin. Continuum, London and New York, 2010.

Everett L. Worthington, Jr., is Professor of Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University in the United States. He has published over 25 books and 250 journal articles or scholarly chapters on forgiveness and other topics in positive psychology.