Forgiveness has burst out of the confines of the confessional and hit the fractious streets. The new Forgiveness is immodest. It is sweeping in its reach, ready to heal individuals, corporations, churches and also nations. In this brief opening, we raise the question about its ubiquity. Why is Forgiveness in the air now? Has it been cheapened, deepened – or both?
In our exploration of these themes we cover a wide range of stories, from adultery and personal betrayal to global reconciliation after genocide. We tell the stories of 1960s era radicals struggling to cope with the consequences of violent revolutionary actions, the overwhelming forgiveness demonstrated by the Amish following the Nickel Mines school shooting, the post-apartheid Truth and Reconciliation hearings in South Africa, & a survivor of the Rwandan genocide who was only able to regain her faith in humanity when she forgave and regained her faith in God.