What does it mean to forgive? The answer is widely assumed to be self-evident but critical analysis quickly reveals the complexities of the subject. Forgiveness has traditionally been the preserve of Christian theology, though in the last half century—and at an accelerating pace—psychologists, lawyers, politicians and moral philosophers have all been making an important contribution to questions about and our understanding of the subject. Anthony Bash offers a vigorous restatement of the Christian view of forgiveness in critical dialogue with those both within and without the Christian tradition. Forgiveness is a much more complicated subject than many theologians recognize. Bash explores the relevance of the theoretical discussion of the topic to recent events such as the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa, post-Holocaust trials, the aftermath of 9/11 and July 7 and various high-profile criminal cases. (Bash, Anthony. Forgiveness and Christian Ethics. University of Durham. 2007. ISBN:9780521878807

Forgiveness is an option. Revenge chains victims and offenders to the wrongdoing, with both parties hopelessly stuck on a merry-go-round of pain where each takes turns hurting the other. “If we all live by the law, an eye-for-an-eye,” cautioned Gandhi, “soon the whole world will be blind.” As a Christian ethic, if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. Matthew 6:14,15. (Obrien, J. Randall. Forgiveness: Taking the Word to Heart. The Center for Christian Ethics at Baylor University, 2001. [Source]