Oct 102012
 

People speak of forgiveness’s being “granted” or “withheld”; of people “seeking” it or even “earning” it. These usages seem wrong to me. Forgiveness is one of those things, like love, or hunger, or belief, that happen to us, rather than our deciding to “do” them. Sure, there are things we can do that will make […]

Oct 092012
 

Can be summarized thus: 1) Some actions never can, or should, be forgiven by those affected by them. 2) No actions are so tainting that they remove the possibility of a redemptive, redeemed existence, starting from today.

Oct 082012
 

[Warning: another, non-sexy, somewhat pensive post.] Are some sins unforgiveable? Some people irredeemable? I’ve been thinking about this question lately. I don’t like going to Germany. I’ve been there a few times, and every time, I’m haunted by twin thoughts: what would have happened to me if I had been in this spot in 1942? […]