On this episode of the podcast, I speak with Matthew Ichihashi Potts about his new book, Forgiveness: An Alternative Account. During the conversation, we consider the biblical teaching about forgiveness in the face of lingering grievance and ongoing harm. Among the topics we cover:
- – How some demands for forgiveness might actually do more harm to those who have been hurt.
- – How we can escape the binary of “remember or retaliate” or “forgive and forget”
- – What forgiveness looks like that is rooted in grief or mourning
- – Why literary works might hold special value for helping us grasp the complexities of forgiveness
- – On what we may hope for forgiveness when it comes to the end of all things (eschatology)
- – When it comes to forgiveness, what we are being asked to do, and what we are not being asked to do