Forgiving And Remembering In Ni Pb Paperback
Approaches to Conflict Resolution
by Graham Spencer;
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Forgiving And Remembering In Ni Pb
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Forgiving And Remembering In Ni Pb by Graham Spencer was published by Continuum in March 2011. The ISBN for Forgiving And Remembering In Ni Pb is 9781441195470.
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Forgiving and Remembering in Northern IrelandAlan Billings, via The Good Book Stall
This is an interesting and thought-provoking collection of sixteen essays arising out of the ‘troubles’ in Northern Ireland’s recent past.
The intention of the book is to reflect on how a society deals with a past that has been so divisive and violent. It asks and seeks to answer from various perspectives these questions: How does society deal with terrible memories? How does it secure genuine reconciliation and move forward? What part does forgiveness play in this?
The essays range from Biblical and theological reflection to highly autobiographical accounts. The contributors include clergy of several denominations, a former member of the IRA, a peace activist, and a former serving policeman. At least two of them received personal injuries.
Some of the essays speak directly about how to deal with collective and individual memory. Some make comparisons or point up contrasts with other post-conflict situations – such as the work of Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa, or the way Eric Lomax, the British prisoner-of-war, who was made to build a railway for the Japanese, dealt with painful memories.
I was left with two impressions of my own. One of the writers, Michael Paterson, a policeman, recounts how he received life-threatening injuries when an IRA anti-tank rocket crashed through his vehicle. His account is factual and without emotion, and perhaps makes more of an impact as a result. He loses both arms and a leg. He then tells the story of his rehabilitation, making the point that emotional recovery is possible from even these horrific injuries as long as a person has realisable goals for his future life. And this is what forgiveness means for him.
The second was the almost complete absence from the book of any idea that peace in Northern Ireland was only possible when the IRA recognised that it could not win a ‘military’ victory.
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|Page last updated||6th January 2016|
|Author / Artist||Graham Spencer|
|Publisher||Continuum (March 2011)|
|Number of Pages||306|