The Double-Movement Model of Forgiveness in Buddhist and Christian Rituals

  • Paul Reasoner Bethel University
  • Charles Taliaferro St. Olaf College

Abstract

We offer a model of moral reform and regeneration that involves a wrong-doer making two movements: on the one hand, he identifies with himself as the one who did the act, while he also intentionally moves away from that self (or set of desires and intentions) and moves toward a transformed identity. We see this model at work in the formal practice of contrition and reform in Christian and Buddhist rites. This paper is part of a broader project we are undertaking on the philosophy of forgiveness. 
Published
2009-03-21
How to Cite
Reasoner, P., & Taliaferro, C. (2009). The Double-Movement Model of Forgiveness in Buddhist and Christian Rituals. European Journal for Philosophy of Religion, 1(1), 27-39. https://doi.org/10.24204/ejpr.v1i1.328
Section
Research Articles