Restorative Justice as a Key for Healing Communities

Restorative Justice as a Key for Healing Communities © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2008 DOI: 10.1163/157430108X308154 Religion & Th eology 15 (2008) 53–73 www.brill.nl/rt & Religion Theology Restorative Justice as a Key for Healing Communities Christo Th esnaar Department of Practical Th eology, Faculty of Th eology, University of Stellenbosch, Private Bag X1, Matieland 7602, Republic of South Africa cht@sun.ac.za Abstract South Africa is indeed a country of many contrasts, of extreme wealth and extreme poverty. All South Africans were deeply affected by apartheid and this had a huge effect on how communities (including both offenders and victims) on all levels took shape: where they lived, the quality of their housing and neighbourhoods, the resources they had or did not have at their disposal, what schools their children attended, what opportunities they had for economic gain and how they were emotionally affected by the policies of apartheid. Th is article specifically intends to argue that communities should deal in a positive and urgent way with the divide caused by the past so that victims and offenders do not stay victims and offenders but are assisted to move on in their life journey towards healing and wholeness. Th e author believes that the key for reaching this http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Religion and Theology Brill

Restorative Justice as a Key for Healing Communities

Religion and Theology, Volume 15 (1-2): 53 – Jan 1, 2008

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© 2008 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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10.1163/157430108X308154
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© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2008 DOI: 10.1163/157430108X308154 Religion & Th eology 15 (2008) 53–73 www.brill.nl/rt & Religion Theology Restorative Justice as a Key for Healing Communities Christo Th esnaar Department of Practical Th eology, Faculty of Th eology, University of Stellenbosch, Private Bag X1, Matieland 7602, Republic of South Africa cht@sun.ac.za Abstract South Africa is indeed a country of many contrasts, of extreme wealth and extreme poverty. All South Africans were deeply affected by apartheid and this had a huge effect on how communities (including both offenders and victims) on all levels took shape: where they lived, the quality of their housing and neighbourhoods, the resources they had or did not have at their disposal, what schools their children attended, what opportunities they had for economic gain and how they were emotionally affected by the policies of apartheid. Th is article specifically intends to argue that communities should deal in a positive and urgent way with the divide caused by the past so that victims and offenders do not stay victims and offenders but are assisted to move on in their life journey towards healing and wholeness. Th e author believes that the key for reaching this

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Published: Jan 1, 2008

Keywords: TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION COMMISSION; CHRISTIAN CHURCH; RECONCILIATION; RESTORATIVE JUSTICE; RETRIBUTIVE JUSTICE

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