Sep 19, 2010
Last time we explored a proposed definition of community love. Forgiveness and reconciliation are key values in community. In this episode we explore how forgiveness and reconciliation are different. Many people think they are the same but they are not. We consider the story of a father and son who have not spoken much to each other for years. The relationship between them went badly after the son refused to go along with what the father wanted the son to study in college. Attempting to overcome his own resenment and anger at the father, the son tries to repair their relationship. Can the son forgive his father? Can they be reconiled? Here we will see a clear illustration of how these releated ideas are distinct.
In the next episode we will return to the story of Jane and Laura. Jane has wrongly rejected her lifelong friendship with Laura because of religious differences. We will see how Jane has gone wrong in her understanding of community love and friendship.
This podcast series is based on my book The Six Faces of Love which can be viewed at craigowen.net