God’s forgiveness as expressed in Jesus Christ. Forgiveness is not superficial; it is not permitting wrongs to happen with impunity or forgetting the past. Rather, forgiveness involves taking seriously the harm done and entering into the painful process of repentance and reconciliation within the context of covenant community. It is God’s forgiveness as revealed in Jesus Christ that we are to imitate.
While Marshall focuses on the criminal justice system, his analysis provides a strong biblical and theological lens through which to view all wrongdoing and violations of personal and societal norms. Beyond Retribution merits careful consideration by all those committed to reconciliation and transformation deeply grounded in justice and forgiveness.