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An ethic for enemies : forgiveness in politics

Author: Donald W Shriver, Jr.
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1998, 1995.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : Pbk. rpt. ed., 1998View all editions and formats
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Our century has witnessed violence on an unprecedented scale, in wars that have torn deep into the fabric of national and international life. And as we can see in the recent strife in Bosnia, genocide in Rwanda, and the ongoing struggle to control nuclear weaponry, ancient enmities continue tothreaten the lives of masses of human beings. As never before, the question is urgent and practical: How can nations--or  Read more...
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Shriver, Donald W.
Ethic for enemies.
New York : Oxford University Press, 1998, 1995
(DLC) 94014773
(OCoLC)30154801
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Donald W Shriver, Jr.
ISBN: 0585281505 9780585281506
OCLC Number: 45733582
Description: 1 online resource (xi, 284 pages)
Contents: Revenge, the end of politics, and justice, the beginning --
Forgiveness in politics in Christian tradition --
Political ethics as moral memory --
Vengeance and forbearance: Germans and Americans --
Enmity and empathy: Japan and the United States --
Justice and forgiveness: the long road to equal citizenship for African Americans --
Whither forgiveness in American politics?
Responsibility: Donald W. Shriver, Jr.

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The author of this text examines how former enemies learn to live together in peaceful political association despite their suffering at each other's hands. He seeks to reclaim the concept of  Read more...

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Coherent and disciplined theological enquiries...rich in reference. * Journal of Theological Studies * There is plenty of grist for the moral mill here. Will it, can it, yield an ethic for enemies? * Read more...

 
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