Reconciliation is conventionally understood as a central theological concept: God reconciles himself with humanity through the atonement of Christ and, likewise, the followers of Christ are called to become peacemakers and reconcile with one another. However, the Christian concept of reconciliation has recently been applied to political conflict zones of the world by John W.
The understating of reconciliation theology has raised crucial questions about how this concept of reconciliation can be applicable in each context. De Gruchy notes that the issue of reconciliation needs to include the understanding of "covenant and creation, sin and guilt, grace and forgiveness, the reign of God's justice and human hope",  all of which could have political significance.
Joseph Liechty and Cecelia Clegg present in their study Moving Beyond Sectarianism that a true understanding of reconciliation has to deal with "the interlocking dynamics of forgiveness, repentance, truth, and justice. One of the initial political acts in post-apartheid South Africa was the creation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission TRC , in order to establish and facilitate truth and reconciliation while acknowledging crimes committed and human rights violations during the apartheid era — As for its goal, De Gruchy explains, "TRC did contribute to that goal in becoming a catalyst for the healing of the past and enabling at least some people to experience forgiveness and reconciliation in the present.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu , the chairman of the TRC, demonstrates in No Future without Forgiveness the connection between telling the truth and social justice. One criticism Joseph Liechty raises against the TRC is that "it lacked an emphasis on the concepts of justice and repentance", two out of the four concepts for the true reconciliation — namely, justice, truth, forgiveness and repentance.
During the war, at least a million Korean were killed, and more than a million were relocated and separated from their families. During the s the Korean Christian Federation North Korea and the National Council of Churches in Korea South Korea began to initiate conversations related to the unification of their two governments, often with the assistance of the World Council of Churches. The first meeting of the two heads of the Koreas in Pyongyang in June was a breakthrough moment for a long-divided Korea.
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In Northern Ireland, reconciliation theology emphasises the concepts of truth, justice, forgiveness and repentance. It began with local academics and theologians but was picked up as an idea by politicians, policy-makers and religious leaders, who each understood it in differing ways and emphasised it for different reasons. A theology of reconciliation is practically applied by Christian reconciliation communities. However, the term reconciliation was also used by politicians who adopted a similar usage to that of the reconciliation communities.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Main article: Reconciliation theology in Northern Ireland. Christianity portal Religion portal. Kim Kim , pp. Retrieved 2 October Retrieved 8 October De Gruchy, John W.
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