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Anthony Bash

LLB  LLM  BD  PhD  CTM – Honorary Professor in the Department of Theology and Religion, Hatfield College, Durham University, UK

Author of:

Forgiveness and Christian Ethics – Cambridge University Press

Forgiveness: A Theology – Cascade Books

“This is a careful, thorough book that looks at all the biblical texts on forgiveness. Every page gives evidence of the author’s judicious judgments, pastoral insights, and wise engagement with other’ opinions. The book blends academic insight with realism and honesty about forgiveness. Hard questions are not ignored, and trite answers not offered. Christian pastors and ministers should read this book for themselves—and encourage their congregations to read it too.”


Vincent Brummer

Extraordinary professor in systematic theology at the University of Stellenbosh and emeritus professor in the philosophy of religion at the University of Utrecht

Author of:

Atonement, Christology, and the Trinity – Ashgate Publishing Co.

The Model of Love  – Cambridge University Press

What Are We Doing When We Pray – Ashgate Publishing Co.


“In this book Vee Chandler provides us with a detailed and perceptive analysis of the Christian concept of forgiveness and the role it plays in overcoming our estrangement from God and from one another. She also extensively explores the biblical basis of her analysis. In an age of individualism, characterized by estrangement between people and nations, this book is very timely and more than welcome.”


Tim Carter

Research Fellow, London School of Theology

Author of The Forgiveness of Sins

“Are Christians obliged to forgive those who forgive them? Anyone who simply assumes that the answer to this question is ‘Yes,’ ought to read this book. Deftly navigating its way through a wealth of biblical material, and rendering accessible a range of scholarly views on interpersonal forgiveness, this study carefully explores the interface between forgiveness and repentance. It presents a well-argued case that God does not forgive us unless we repent, and therefore we are not obliged to forgive others in the absence of any repentance on their part. Here there is no glib talk of ‘unconditional forgiveness’: there is instead a searching exploration of all that forgiveness entails, an exploration which gives due weight to the real significance of what our words mean when we say to someone who has wronged us, ‘I forgive you.’ “