Repentance: A Comparative Perspective

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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Jan 1, 2000 - Religion - 224 pages
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There is no consensus about what someone who has violated society's rules must do in order to be fully restored to the community. Although repentance is a prominent idea in religions ranging from Judaism, Christianity, and Islam to Buddhism and Hinduism, its use in civic culture is vague and inconsistent. For example, is remorse the same as repentance? Drawing from a variety of religious and civic perspectives, the renowned contributors to this book_from the fields of theology, philosophy, and the social sciences_offer a broad understanding of repentance and its many applications. The essays question the legitimacy of repentance as a religious concept for the civic culture, exploring the way in which the religious origins of repentance might both illuminate and facilitate our civic usage of the idea. Excellent for theologians, philosophers, moral ethicists, and anyone asking, ' Who deserves a second chance?'
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Repentance and Forgiveness A Christian Perspective
21
Godly Sorrow Sorrow of the World Some Christian Thoughts on Repentance
31
From Sacrifice to Sacrament Repentance in a Christian Context
43
Repentance in Judaism
60
Fire in the Ātman Repentance in Hinduism
76
Repentance in the Islamic Tradition
96
A Buddhist Approach to Repentance
122
Repentance Punishment and Mercy
143
Repentance in Criminal Procedure The Ritual Affirmation of Community
171
Index
187
About the Editors
193
About the Contributors
195
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Amitai Etzioni is the founder and first president of the Communitarian Network and university professor at George Washington University. Among his many books are The Spirit of Community and The New Golden Rule.

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