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Forgiveness

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Department
Religious Studies
Course
Religious Studies 1023E
Professor
Corrine Walsh
Semester
Fall

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Forgiveness Forgiveness -The mental and/or spiritual process of ceasing to feel resentment or anger against another person for a perceived offence, difference or mistake -(Re) connect, recognize the common humanity of the other and end the cycle of offense Judaism and ‘forgiveness’ -Personal responsibility of wrongdoer -Also of who was wronged, must forgive (religious responsibility) -Apology to those harmed -Forgiveness from God for wrongs against God -Forgiveness without apology Yom Kippur(Day of Atonement) -Honouring- asking for forgiveness -Since repentances expected -Day before Yom Kippur you apologize to people you have wronged Christianity and Forgiveness -Forgivenss as a spiritual duty -God as a source of forgiveness -Ideal to Christ- Christ allows forgives through death and resurrection -“Forgive those who have trespassed against us”-confession Roman Catholicism -The church mediates forgiveness -You get a ‘sacrament’ of reconciliation -Aka through a priest… -Penance- something to do for forgiveness ex. 3 hail mary’s Islam and ‘Forgiveness’ -Usually wrongdoer says sorry -Pre-requisite for true peace -Allah as source of all forgiveness -Divine forgiveness and repentance -Human repentance- forgive and be forgiven Forgiveness Involves: -Recognizing the offense and its admission before God -Commitment not to repeat the offense -(Doing whatever needs to be done to rectify the offense- in case of offense against human) -Asking Allan for forgiveness Hinduism and Forgiveness -Penance -Performing atonement for wrongdoing -Connected to karma (what you do in this life will follow you in a next… sneaky sneaky) -CANT ESCAPE Buddhism and forgiveness -Forgiveness as means to prevent harmful emotions from impeding mental/spiritual well-being -Questioning of the reality of the passions that make forgiveness necessary, as well as attachment that gives rise to passions themselves Apartheid and South Africa’s Truth & Reconciliation Commission Background -Silk deutch settlers, Christians, white -Settled in South Africa -17 century colonized by Dutch -Afrikaneers= ‘people of Africa’ -Majority of South Africans were black (75%) -Christianity 75% majority Apartheid -Systems of racism/discrimination -Literally means “separatness” or “apartness” -Racial separation -Controlled everything (hospital/doctors, education, services, where you lived) History of Apartheid -1948- National party wins election (Apartheid) -1949- Prohibition of Mixed Marriages (Whites can’t marry non-white
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