Forgiveness and Politics: A Critical Appraisal
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Good theology is always contextual, missional, and formational. It is Scriptural reflection that arises out of the missional context of the church and that forms the churches to be more faithful. This book is an example of good theology. Out of Kethoser Aniu Kevichusa's own experience of political conflict in India and the murder of his family members, he reflects on what the Bible teaches about forgiveness in relationship to politics. He rightly grounds his forgiveness ethic in the very fabric of reality as narrated by the biblical story, and reflects on its implications for politics, justice, and reconciliation. His concrete examples of Northern Ireland and his own Naga people in India make his theology come alive. This book is well-written and will lead you deeply and faithfully into an issue that is increasingly urgent today. Highly recommended.
Michael Goheen, PhD
Theological Director of Missional Training Center and Scholar in Residence,
Surge Network of Churches, Phoenix, AZ, USA
Kethoser Aniu Kevichusa argues the startlingly hopeful and demanding possibility that forgiving and politics go together. Forgiving sustains politics in being humanly hopeful and truthful. Politics serves to disseminate forgiving in the realities of social existence. Inveterate scepticism about this proposal is answered by acute discussions of the language of forgiveness, the nature of politics, and the concepts of justice and reconciliation. Kevichusa draws from the Bible and Christian faith and from his own personal engagement in the politics of Nagaland today. This profound well-written book deserves a good hearing by theorists and activists alike.
Haddon Willmer, PhD
Professor Emeritus of Theology, University of Leeds, Englad