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April 21, 2012 / Ronald Chapman

Forgiving the Unforgivable

The question that most arises from the plot of A Killer’s Grace is in fact a misconception. Whenever you begin to talk about forgiving the most unforgivable deeds, people automatically assume we must overlook horrific behavior. Nothing could be further from the truth.
The secret (and a key point in the plot) is to somehow find a way to act without perpetuating violence. Even when we condemn someone, violence to them is implicit. And violence always creates further violence somewhere.
So how do we break the cycle of violence?
A Killer’s Grace proposes several ways of viewing that. In the end, it may be no more than holding the mirror up to ourselves and acknowledging our own failings and failures along with the damage they have caused. Only from that can we call forth the compassion to forgive others.
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