Forgiveness:
Its meaning and merits from religious as well as scientific viewpoint

By Keyvan Geula

First presented at the Irfan Colloquia Session #116
Bosch Bahá'í­ School: Santa Cruz, California, USA
May 30 – June 2, 2013
(see list of papers from #116)


    Forgiveness has been historically the business of religion. Forgiveness is a complex and deeply personal, cultural and religious phenomenon. In recent years science has shown interest to understand the psychological, social and physical benefits of forgiveness. Science and religion both acknowledge the complex question of justice and forgiveness.

    The presentation will examine:

    • How religious faith, in particular Bahá'í Writings and history, guide and inspire us to forgive?
    • How science provides a secular frame and steps for forgiveness?
    • Is forgiveness a sign of weakness?
    • Can forgiveness be taught?
    • How and why we should choose to forgive?
    The presentation draws meaning from stories, metaphors, prayers, historical references and examples of forgiveness from both perspectives and its impact on human soul, psyche, body and society.

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