TITLE

Just Forgiving: How the Psychology and Theology of Forgiveness and Justice Inter-relate

AUTHOR(S)
Worthington Jr., Everett L.
PUB. DATE
June 2006
SOURCE
Journal of Psychology & Christianity;Summer2006, Vol. 25 Issue 2, p155
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
My thesis is that findings from social scientific research can be a valid tool that theologians can use to make stronger theological arguments. I use experimental and basic-research studies of forgiveness and justice to illustrate this thesis. To illustrate, I address a theological issue—N. T. Wright's (1997) version of the controversial reinterpretation of the doctrine of justification by grace appropriated by faith, which is known as the New Perspective on Paul. Experimental psychology can thus bolster theological arguments as do analysis of biblical texts, analysis of Hebrew and Greek language and linguistics, understanding of historical contexts (including the history of Israel, the church, and surrounding area), conversations with philosophers, theologians, and public intellectuals across situations and time, and even clinical theory.
ACCESSION #
22044293

 

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