Reconciliation without violence
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Original versionLeer-Salvesen, P. (2009). Reconciliation without violence. Studia Theologica - Nordic Journal of Theology, 63(2), 162 - 177. doi: 10.1080/00393380903334598
Is it possible to solve conflicts without using violence, or is the use of violent retribution necessary to solve problems and restore peace after serious crimes and offences? This is a classical question in the philosophy of law and in all the disciplines dealing with conflict resolution. It is also an important question in theology. The material for this article comes from interviews with sons who have grown up with violent fathers, and from philosophical and theological texts dealing with the theme of conflict resolution. In contemporary theology it is necessary to confront images of God as a violent patriarch and punisher, but still it is important to develop a theology of God as the fair and good judge. The God of reconciliation is not only the forgiver, but also the one who confronts Evil with wrath and resentment.
Submitted version of an article published in the journal: Studia Theologica - Nordic Journal of Theology, Taylor & Francis Published version available at Informaworld: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00393380903334598