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Forgiveness and Restorative Justice

Perspectives from Christian Theology

Palgrave Macmillan

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Table of contents (9 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction

    • Myra N. Blyth, Matthew J. Mills, Michael H. Taylor
    Pages 1-6
  3. Rituals of Restoration

    • Myra N. Blyth
    Pages 7-20
  4. Reframing the Narrative of Victimhood

    • Matthew J. Mills
    Pages 21-38
  5. The Role and Meaning of Forgiveness

    • Michael H. Taylor
    Pages 39-55
  6. Just Enough to Be Satisfied

    • Matthew J. Mills
    Pages 57-74
  7. Forgiveness and the Conference Experience

    • Myra N. Blyth
    Pages 75-89
  8. Restorative Justice and Social Justice

    • Michael H. Taylor
    Pages 91-108
  9. Forgiving in the Presence of God

    • Matthew J. Mills
    Pages 109-122
  10. Conclusion

    • Myra N. Blyth, Matthew J. Mills, Michael H. Taylor
    Pages 123-129
  11. Back Matter

    Pages 131-147

About this book

The meaning of ‘forgiveness’ and its role within restorative justice are highly contested. This book offers analysis from practical and academic perspectives within Christian theology, against a rich canvas of related concepts, including victimhood, sin, love, and vulnerability. Critical friends of restorative justice, the authors argue that forgiveness – whether as journey or act, unilateral or mutual, conditional or unconditional – is necessary to achieving a fully restorative resolution to acts of harm. They also suggest that Christianity, with its meaning-giving metanarrative of restoration, and preference for communitarian approaches to justice, may have epistemic value for evaluating and even deepening the theory and practice of restorative justice.

Keywords

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  • Vincent Lloyd
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  • Danielle Sered
  • Judah Oudshoorn

Authors and Affiliations

  • Regent’s Park College, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK

    Myra N. Blyth, Matthew J. Mills, Michael H. Taylor

About the authors

Myra N. Blyth is an ecumenical theologian. She has held senior positions at the World Council of Churches and Regent’s Park College, Oxford (UK), and published on restorative justice and forgiveness, and restorative justice and human trafficking. She is a founding trustee of The Mint House: Oxford Centre for Restorative Practice (UK).

Matthew J. Mills is a Catholic theologian and church historian. He has held lectureships at Regent’s Park College and St John’s College, Oxford (UK), and his publications include studies of the Virgin Mary and Anselm of Canterbury.

Michael H. Taylor is Professor Emeritus of Social Theology at the University of Birmingham (UK), as well as a former Director of Christian Aid and Director of the World Faiths Development Dialogue (World Bank). He has published ten books, and continues to work on issues relating to climate justice, migration and mental health.


Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Forgiveness and Restorative Justice

  • Book Subtitle: Perspectives from Christian Theology

  • Authors: Myra N. Blyth, Matthew J. Mills, Michael H. Taylor

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-75282-8

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Religion and Philosophy, Philosophy and Religion (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2021

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-75281-1

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-75282-8

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XII, 147

  • Topics: Christian Theology, Social Justice, Prison and Punishment

Buying options

eBook USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-030-75282-8
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Hardcover Book USD 74.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)