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

European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 1 (1):27 - 39 (2009)
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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

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Charles Taliaferro
St. Olaf College
Paul Reasoner
Bethel College and Seminary, St. Paul Minnesota


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