chapter  9
23 Pages

Can Forgiveness Be Morally Wrong?

ByARNE JOHAN VETLESEN

Acts of forgiveness are premised upon acts of wrongdoing. It is considered as good to be willing to forgive what is condemned as evil. The wrongdoing that came to pass between perpetrator and victim causes an asymmetry in their relationship that, short of the victim’s forgiveness, will stand unrectifi ed. Such imbalance bodes ill for the future of the relationship. Though incapable of undoing the wrong done, forgiveness makes it possible for both parties to consign it to a past that should not spoil their future.