RELG390

Practice of Forgiveness in Film: Owen Ellerkamp

Practice of Forgiveness in Film: Owen Ellerkamp

Due to the circumstantial nature of forgiveness much of the semester has been mapping theoretical conceptions of forgiveness to hypothetical scenarios — what would be the best way for the German’s to reconcile the Nazi regime, or how I would go about forgiving a sibling? In the movies Flatliners and Dead Man Walking forgiveness concepts(…)

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Owen Ellerkamp: Social Science Aspects of Forgiveness

Owen Ellerkamp: Social Science Aspects of Forgiveness

Thirty years ago Professor Mahallati, then Iran’s Ambassador to the United Nations, presented photos of victims of a chemical attack to the United Nations. Today, Nikki Haley, US Ambassador to the U.N, stood in front of the security council with photos of deceased Syrian who were victims of chemical weaponry. The paradigm rings true– history(…)

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Owen Ellerkamp: Growing Divide Between Peacemaking and Violence

Owen Ellerkamp: Growing Divide Between Peacemaking and Violence

In Thomas Merton’s book Passion for Peace: Reflections on War and Nonviolence he writes passionately on the cause for peace on earth successfully shying away from any idealistic vision of harmony, but instead recognizing the fraught nature of politics. In his first chapter “The Root of War is Fear” he speaks about the human construction(…)

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Owen Ellerkamp: Yugoslav War: Ethnoreligious Conflict

Owen Ellerkamp: Yugoslav War: Ethnoreligious Conflict

Culture has a lot to do with identity. How do we define ourselves? From phenotypical identifiers to the shared practice of particular customs, there is a wide array of ways one can form an identity. To what scale do we conceptualize ourselves– within a nation, a family, a religious community, an ethnic group? The varying(…)

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Owen Ellerkamp: Textual/Praxis Discrepancies

Owen Ellerkamp: Textual/Praxis Discrepancies

In a course that aims to compare the theoretical underpinnings and practice of forgiveness in Christianity and Islam, there is one declaration made by Moucarry that creates a significant cleavage between the two practices of forgiveness. This cleavage does not have to do directly with forgiveness, but rather how God’s rule manifests in daily life(…)

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Owen Ellerkamp — Forgiveness: Ethical? Religious? Or both?

Owen Ellerkamp — Forgiveness: Ethical? Religious? Or both?

Forgiveness pulls on the heartstrings of humanity. It shows the vulnerability and tenderness of humanity in the action of dispelling resentment in search of making peace over a mistake by a wrongdoer. The scales forgiveness manifest on range from self to God to the scale of government to corporation which could potentially include millions of(…)

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