And while theological studies of salvation politely acknowledge forgiveness, the authors argue that forgiveness should take a central role, not only because it is warranted by biblical tradition but also because it more adequately engages our postmodern context. Shults and Sandage offer here a model for understanding and practicing forgiveness that integrates psychology and theology, focuses on the importance of relationality, contemplates the hermeneutics of the face, and delineates the ways in which the term "forgiveness" is most commonly used.
The Faces of Forgiveness is a substantive text appropriate for use in both theology and psychology classes. Pastors, psychologists, family counselors, and laity interested in theology, psychology, and spirituality will find it a helpful resource.
Insofar as we are asked to love God with our 'whole minds,' this convergence of science and theology is not only deeply insightful but also utterly true to the Lord's command. This work will move the discussion of forgiveness forward by light years.
Post, professor of bioethics, School of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University " The Faces of Forgiveness is an impressive synthesis of the best of theology and the best of modern psychology on the nature of forgiveness. Shults and Sandage use these sources to replace static and forensic views of forgiveness with a view of forgiveness as dynamic and intersubjective. The book is a remarkable achievement.
Browning, Alexander Campbell Professor Emeritus of Ethics and the Social Sciences, the University of Chicago Divinity School "Shults and Sandage offer an alternative to shallow legal and therapeutic treatments of the dynamics of forgiveness. Theirs is a redemptive model of forgiveness that integrates psychological and theological dimensions using a 'hermeneutics of face.
Olson, professor of theology, George W. Truett Theological Seminary, Baylor University "We have long needed a terrific book such as this that draws on theological insights and psychological insights about forgiveness with equal seriousness and significance.
The authors offer a distinctively Christian account of forgiveness that is as rich in analysis as it is helpful in practical significance. I commend it highly to anyone concerned about faithful Christian living.
Gregory Jones, dean of the divinity school and professor of theology, Duke University, author of Embodying Forgiveness "This is an important book that will influence not only how we think about forgiveness in this century but also how we do interdisciplinary work as theologians and psychologists. Drawing on the 'hermeneutics of the face,' biblical texts, doctrine, psychological theory, and case studies, it offers a complex multidimensional analysis of forgiveness.
What is most appealing, however, is the way it combines theoretical insight with a palpable witness to the transforming reality of Christ's forgiveness in the power of the Spirit. Continue reading about F. Have you made a mistake, did something wrong or said something inappropriate? Who needs to forgive you? When you show the face of receiving forgiveness, the shame you once felt begins to slip away.
You begin to feel worthy again and you no longer have the need to hide your imperfections. God will not punish or reject you.
By refusing to ask God for forgiveness, you are only punishing yourself because His mercy is absolute. Alex Blackwell is a father, husband and writer. These small acts create a love bigger than the most difficult Life is a crazy ride, and nothing is guaranteed. I'll be a forgiven stumbler, but never a non-stumbler.
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