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This paper explores the relationship between our interpretations of another's actions and our readiness to forgive. It begins by articulating an account of forgiveness drawn from the New Testament. It then employs the work of Schleiermacher, Dilthey, and Gadamer to investigate ways in which our interpretations of an act or agent can promote or prevent such forgiveness. It concludes with a discussion of some ethical restrictions that may pertain to the interpretation of actions or agents as opposed to utterances and a look at the significance of these restrictions for forgiveness-promoting interpretation.
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Keywords: Christian forgiveness; Dilthey; Gadamer; Schleiermacher; hermeneutics; understanding

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Massey University

Publication date: 2007-09-01

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