No Future Without Forgiveness (Google eBook)
The establishment of South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission was a pioneering international event. Never had any country sought to move forward from despotism to democracy both by exposing the atrocities committed in the past and achieving reconciliation with its former oppressors. At the center of this unprecedented attempt at healing a nation has been Archbishop Desmond Tutu, whom President Nelson Mandela named as Chairman of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. With the final report of the Commission just published, Archbishop Tutu offers his reflections on the profound wisdom he has gained by helping usher South Africa through this painful experience.
In No Future Without Forgiveness, Tutu argues that true reconciliation cannot be achieved by denying the past. But nor is it easy to reconcile when a nation "looks the beast in the eye." Rather than repeat platitudes about forgiveness, he presents a bold spirituality that recognizes the horrors people can inflict upon one another, and yet retains a sense of idealism about reconciliation. With a clarity of pitch born out of decades of experience, Tutu shows readers how to move forward with honesty and compassion to build a newer and more humane world.
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Review: No Future Without ForgivenessUser Review - Josepha - Goodreads
A book full of excellent explanations of the choices people made in post-apartheid South Africa (a third way between Neurenberg and Chili: neither revenge nor collective amnesia and universal amnesty ... Read full review
Review: No Future Without ForgivenessUser Review - O'Fallon Public Library - Goodreads
A good book about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa after the violence leading up to the end of Apartheid. Read full review
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