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The end of memory : remembering rightly in a violent world

Author: Miroslav Volf
Publisher: Grand Rapids, Mich. : W.B. Eerdmans Pub. Co., 2006.
Series: Stob lectures, 2002.
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Can one forget atrocities? Should one forgive abusers? Ought we not hope for the final reconciliation of all the wronged and all wrongdoers alike, even if it means spending eternity with perpetrators of evil? We live in an age when it is generally accepted that past wrongs--genocides, terrorist attacks, bald personal injustices--should be constantly remembered. But Miroslav Volf here proposes the radical idea that  Read more...
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Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Miroslav Volf
OCLC Number: 1148924526
Notes: Includes index.
Awards: Winner of Christianity Today Book Award (Christianity & Culture) 2007
Description: 1 online resource (viii, 244 pages).
Contents: Part One: Remember! --
Memory of interrogations --
Memory: shield and sword --
Part Two: How should we remember? --
Speaking truth, practicing grace --
Wounded self, healed memories --
Frameworks of memories --
Memory, the Exodus, and the Passion --
Part Three: How long should we remember? --
River of memory, river of forgetting --
Defenders of forgetting --
Redemption: harmonizing and driving out --
Rapt in goodness --
Postscript: an imagined reconciliation.
Series Title: Stob lectures, 2002.
Responsibility: Miroslav Volf.
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Can one forget atrocities? Should one forgive abusers? Ought we not hope for the final reconciliation of all the wronged and all wrongdoers alike, even if it means spending eternity with perpetrators of evil? We live in an age when it is generally accepted that past wrongs--genocides, terrorist attacks, bald personal injustices--should be constantly remembered. But Miroslav Volf here proposes the radical idea that letting go of such memories--after a certain point and under certain conditions--may actually be the appropriate course of action. While agreeing with the claim that to remember a wrongdoing is to struggle against it, Volf notes that there are too many ways to remember wrongly, perpetuating the evil committed rather than guarding against it. In this way, "the just sword of memory often severs the very good it seeks to defend." He argues that remembering rightly has implications not only for the individual but also for the wrongdoer and for the larger community. Volf's personal stories of persecution offer a compelling backdrop for his search for theological resources to make memories a wellspring of healing rather than a source of deepening pain and animosity. Controversial, thoughtful, and incisively reasoned, The End of Memory begins a conversation hard to ignore. - Publisher.

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