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By David E. Carney

There's no consensus approximately what anyone who has violated society's ideas needs to do that allows you to be absolutely restored to the group. even if repentance is a widespread notion in religions starting from Judaism, Christianity, and Islam to Buddhism and Hinduism, its use in civic tradition is imprecise and inconsistent. for instance, is regret just like repentance? Drawing from various non secular and civic views, the popular individuals to this book_from the fields of theology, philosophy, and the social sciences_offer a large knowing of repentance and its many purposes. The essays query the legitimacy of repentance as a spiritual notion for the civic tradition, exploring the best way the non secular origins of repentance may possibly either remove darkness from and facilitate our civic utilization of the belief. very good for theologians, philosophers, ethical ethicists, and an individual asking, ' Who merits a moment chance?'

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But there can be true and false apologies as well, and our public discourse is rife with spurious apologies. " A frequent form of failed apology is "I am really sorry that you feel that way" or words to that effect. Perhaps the all-time title for a spurious apology goes to Richard Nixon. In his resignation speech on 8 August 1974, he said, ''I regret deeply any injuries that may have been done in the course of events that led to this decision. " The style and content of these utterances must raise questions about whether they meet the standards of "truly and earnestly" preserved in the Invitation to Communion.

In our more secularized culture, it is the apology that often takes the place of penitence. But there can be true and false apologies as well, and our public discourse is rife with spurious apologies. " A frequent form of failed apology is "I am really sorry that you feel that way" or words to that effect. Perhaps the all-time title for a spurious apology goes to Richard Nixon. In his resignation speech on 8 August 1974, he said, ''I regret deeply any injuries that may have been done in the course of events that led to this decision.

8. Robert Shogan, "The Jury Is Still Out on Nixon's Place in History," Los Angeles Times, 26 April 1994, 1 (A). 9. Ibid. 10. Howard Berkes, "Varying Views and Memories about Richard Nixon," All Things Considered (National Public Radio), 24 April 1994, transcript number 14625. 11. Robert McNamara, In Retrospect: The Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam (New York: Times Books, 1995). 12. David Halberstam, "Dead Wrong," Los Angeles Times Book Review, 16 April 1995, 11. 13. See Dennis Wrong, The Problem of Order (New York: The Free Press, 1994).

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