The concept of reconciliation has moved from the theological realm to social and political life, explaining the principles of building a democratic society based on past experience.
The essay will try to prove that reviewing past experiences, including traumatic aspects of them, is the basis for reconciliation. For the development of subtopics, one can consider applying the concept of reconciliation in a modern, broader sense that goes beyond theology. Additionally, it is possible to discuss how this concept can be applied within the framework of modern strategies for resolving conflict situations. Another important subtopic may be the consideration of reconciliation directly in the political context as a means to build fundamentally new democratic relations within society. Support for these ideas can be found directly in the text, where Tutu (2000) offers his own reflections and more abstract reflections on the nature of justice. A possible objection would be the fact that reconciliation requires a person to develop deeply spiritually through religious practice. This objection can be addressed by giving examples of how this concept has been transformed in the modern world.
The presented book became the basis for considering theological concepts within a broader context. One useful resource in this regard is the article by Schliesser (2022). The author of this article considers the concept of reconciliation in the framework of conflict studies. However, the author’s main goal is to review the theological and religious roots of this principle to reveal the original meaning of this concept. Additionally, the author briefly considers how the idea of reconciliation was transformed for its adoption within the framework of conflict studies. Thus, the article offers a comprehensive overview of the concept from both theological and political points of view. This resource can be used to write an essay as it provides a basis for developing a discussion about the concept. In particular, the author offers useful information about the meaning of reconciliation at the present time and also argues about its true meaning.
Schliesser, C. (2022). The road to reconciliation – Insights from Christian public theology. Religions, 13(3), 1-9.
Tutu, D. (2000). No future without forgiveness. Image.