Forgiveness is often discussed as if it were a single, straightforward, phenomenon. The reality, however, is not so simple. For instance, we can identify three different types of forgiveness: inter-personal forgiveness, God’s forgiveness, and self- forgiveness. Moreover there is variety within each of these main types, and connections between them.
In this lecture the varieties of forgiveness will be presented and the integrity, value and limits of each type explored.
The Revd Dr Stephen Cherry is the Dean of King's College Cambridge and an active writer and speaker on Christian spirituality and practical theology. He was previously a Residentiary Canon of Durham Cathedral and Director of Ministerial Development and Parish Support for the diocese of Durham.