The Forgiveness Project is a collection of powerful real world stories illustrating the nature, impact, limits and experience of forgiveness in circumstances of crime, violence, resentment and retaliation
The Forgiveness Project Summary
The Forgiveness Project is a superb exploration of forgiveness.
Based on a collection of thought provoking real life narratives, journalist Marina Cantacuzino explores not only the power of forgiveness to bring people together after suffering tragedy but also the personal nature, form and limits of the concept that belie the traditional Christian interpretation.
Below are some of the key insights from the book.
- Forgiveness is expansive and complicated as a subject.
- While faith plays an important role for many, including Desmond Tutu, many people choose forgiveness for secular reasons to heal and recover.
- Forgiveness is neither a virtue or a gift but rather a process that is individual to each person and depends hugely on the circumstances involved.
- Forgiveness can happen with or without remorse from the guilty party.
- The line of good and evil runs right through the human heart – Gulag Archipelago
- Forgiveness is a humanising act, it recognises the humanity of the person involved and relinquishes the impact of the tragic event on the injured parties.
- In this way, forgiveness isn’t about excusing an event but creating the space for all those involved to move beyond it.
- Treating a crime as unforgivable is akin to dehumanising the perpetrator because it fails to recognise the human reasons why they acted as they have.
- In this respect, one who goes off to fight with monsters becomes a monster in their own right.