CANCELED - F603 Summer 2020 Human and Divine Justice and Forgiveness
Thursdays, 9:40–11:05, June 25–July 30
Instructor: Steve Goldman
Class limit: 20
This seminar will explore the scope, meaning, and possible limits of forgiveness. Our principal text will be Simon Wiesenthal’s classic book The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness. Some of the issues for discussion include the following: How do we understand the relationship between justice and forgiveness? Do we have the moral authority to forgive or ask forgiveness for offenses committed against others? Are some offenses so egregious that they should not be forgiven under any conditions? If so, what are these offenses and how do they differ from those which can be forgiven? Does forgiveness include absolution from recompense for offenses committed? What do the sacred texts of different religious traditions teach about God’s willingness to forgive, and what do they say about the obligations of humans to forgive or to withhold forgiveness? Each session will begin with a 20-minute introduction by the instructor, followed by a discussion involving all the participants.
Steve Goldman is the chair of OLLI’s Religious Studies Program Planning Group and has taught numerous courses on alternative understandings of biblical doctrine.