Griswold And Philpot: A Comparative Analysis

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There are many similarities and differences between Griswold and Philpot’s forgiveness/reconciliation process. The main similarity between the two processes is they both strive for forgiveness or reconciliation between the wrongdoer and the victim. They both believe forgiveness is important to a happy life. Both Griswold and Philpot ultimately see forgiveness of differences between the wrongdoer and the victim as necessary for healing, in that the victim lets go of the anger and resentment so they can live in a “right” or happy place. Griswold sees forgiveness as a virtue and different from excused, a pardon or apology. Both authors touch on the topic of justice within forgiveness and religion. Similarly, they agree that forgiveness is…show more content…
Philpot however, does not necessarily see justice through a judicial system but justice is returning a relationship back to the right place; “unjust” becomes “just” again. This emphasis sacrifices some crucial elements of forgiveness in comparison to Griswold. Griswold believes that the wrongdoer must acknowledge the wrongdoing in order to give forgiveness; this is not inherent in the situation where the desired outcome is return to the “just” or “right” place (harmony). Griswold’s presents a 6 point process for forgiveness from a secular viewpoint whereas Philpot explains forgiveness and reconciliation through the three religions, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Griswold wants to disambiguate forgiveness from religion because he believes you do not need religion in order to achieve forgiveness. He believes it does have religious implications; however, they differ depending on the religion. Philpot has a strong emphasis on religion and reconciliation working together to achieve ultimate reconciliation. Philpot sketches a general approach to justice of dealing with past political evils, which is oriented around reconciliation. Philpot and Griswold both have a multi-process approach, however Griswold is a process that includes requirements for both the wrongdoer and the victim; and is contingent on each other to

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