No Future Without Forgiveness

No Future Without Forgiveness Author Desmond Tutu
ISBN-10 0385496907
ISBN-13 9780385496902
Year 2000-10-17
Pages 304
Language English
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The establishment of South Africa s Truth and Reconciliation Commission was a pioneering international event Never had any country sought to move forward from despotism to democracy both by exposing the atrocities committed in the past and achieving reconciliation with its former oppressors At the center of this unprecedented attempt at healing a nation has been Archbishop Desmond Tutu whom President Nelson Mandela named as Chairman of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission With the final report of the Commission just published Archbishop Tutu offers his reflections on the profound wisdom he has gained by helping usher South Africa through this painful experience In No Future Without Forgiveness Tutu argues that true reconciliation cannot be achieved by denying the past But nor is it easy to reconcile when a nation looks the beast in the eye Rather than repeat platitudes about forgiveness he presents a bold spirituality that recognizes the horrors people can inflict upon one another and yet retains a sense of idealism about reconciliation With a clarity of pitch born out of decades of experience Tutu shows readers how to move forward with honesty and compassion to build a newer and more humane world

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