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Bibil Identifier bibil:242217
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Reflecting on Jesus’ teaching on forgiveness from a positive psychological perspective
Author Scheffler, Eben
Journal HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies (Volume: 71, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2015
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2015
Year (Copyright) 2015
Year (Reference) 2015
Language English
Pages - Pages
Genre Original
Notes 9 pages online
Abstract In its quest for a non-medical, pro-health approach to psychotherapy, positive psychology surprisingly focuses on concepts that are biblical and specifically present in the teaching of Jesus of Nazareth. In this paper,(1) the teaching of Jesus in the synoptic tradition on forgiveness will be compared to recent positive psychological approaches (e.g. McCullough & Witvliet); attention will be paid to the (2) contexts of forgiveness (interpersonal and/or political); (3) the (philosophical) positive or negative judgement on forgiveness as a positive notion (e.g. the Buddhist concept of karma, [e.g. Arendt, Deridda, Wolterstorff]); (4) the (perceived) positive role of forgiveness in psychotherapy; (5) the ‘techniques’ or method of forgiveness when the latter seems difficult; and (6) the relation between forgiveness and religion or spirituality.
DOI 10.4102/hts.v71i1.2982
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Forgiveness
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Jesus
Thesaurus BiBIL : Bible (as a whole) : Bible (as a whole) -- Hermeneutics - Methods : Methods : Synchronic Methods : Psychology
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