Here’s what I’d like to hear when I tell friends and others that I bring science to church—“Wow! That’s amazing.”
And yet—to be honest—here is what I often hear—“What? Hmm… I’m not sure what that means.”
About 25 years ago, largely as a result of grant...
Founded by Dr. Robert Enright, a researcher who has been studying forgiveness since 1985, the International Forgiveness Institute seeks to help people leverage Dr. Enright’s forgiveness process model in their own context.
This short video about the research by Amrisha Vaish on children, groups, and forgiveness may provide clues on how we can bridge some of what divides us.
In scientific studies on forgiveness, it’s not uncommon to hear that the benefits come to the one doing the forgiving. Is that the whole picture? Is forgiveness a sort of self-serving act?
The Greater Good Science Center is one of the best aggregators of research on forgiveness and they provide it an easily comprehendible form. We recommend this section which includes headings for “What Is Forgiveness?”, “Why Practice It?”, and “How Do I Cultivate It?”
Everett Worthington, a leading researcher on the science of forgiveness, has a plethora of resources available at his website.
It is hard to let go of wrongdoing and to make it right. We need help. That help can come in many forms. Of course, it begins with Scripture and the Holy Spirit working in us and the saints that support us. But it may also come in the form of . . . science? Yes, science.