μετάνοια & ἄφεσις

Definition:

1. a change of mind, as it appears to one who repents,
of a purpose he has formed or of something he has done

“Metanoeite: change your tune, adjust your tuning, change your mind and heart, transform your whole disposition, your “Stimmung”, your moodedness, your whole way of being in the world and being with one another. Immerse (baptezein) your old heart, your old mind, and wash away the meanness that is centered solely on itself so that you can be transformed.”

How does this flow into this thing called forgiveness? Once an offender turns towards the offended in a new way, having turned from themselves and towards the other….

“..in forgiveness…I must give up the power, forgo repayment, or give away (fort-geben) the advantage I have over you. I wipe the ledger clean so that the offense is gone, actively wiped away, wiped out, and you are released. But…the wonder here, the amazing grace, is not annihilation, for what is in the past is still there, but re-formation or transformation, where the offense is transformed into a moment of forgiveness into something that is no longer hanging over us, no longer between us, not anymore.

The eventful character of the forgiven past is that the past is not simply retained or sustained or simply wiped away – nothing is simple – but retained AS wiped away…..the past is neither annihilated nor forgotten, but it is given a new meaning, the meaning of the “as if it never happened,” which presupposes that it did, which constitutes the temporality of forgiveness as an event.” Caputo

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