Restorative Justice Symposium at NYU
Professor Mohammed Abu-Nimer led a discussion with Stephen Pope of Boston College on the conceptual definition of forgiveness in religious aspects. Both speakers agreed that religion is often used to channel forgiveness because it builds trust among communities. However, Professor Abu-Nimer stressed that the myth of forgiveness being a monolithic concept across all religion and culture has blinded us to assume one way of forgiving. Forgiveness is largely understood as a response to Christian theology, which creates problem when discussing forgiveness: Muslims to Muslims.