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Title:The reading & interpretation of Matthew 18:21-22 in relation to multiple reconciliations: the Zimbabwean experience
Author:Machingura, FrancisISNI
Periodical:Exchange: Journal of Contemporary Christianities in Context (ISSN 0166-2740)
Geographic term:Zimbabwe
Subjects:conflict resolution
political violence
Abstract:How should Zimbabwean people reconcile without resorting to violence in the face of different political views? Surprisingly, Mugabe's calls for peace, unity, reconciliation, integration and forgiveness have left Zimbabwean society more wounded, divided and polarized than healed, and more disintegrated than integrated. This paper takes the call for reconciliation, healing and integration for Zimbabweans as the wrong prescription to the 'violence-infested' country as long as the call does not incorporate the genuine quest for justice and truth. Truth and justice should come before any call for healing, reconciliation and integration. The paper explores the possible implications of the reading of Matthew 18:21-22 in relation to reconciliation in the face of the continual and structural violence in Zimbabwe. Notes, ref., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]