Nigel Biggar examines Japan’s ongoing failure to repent of its complicity in war crimes in order to explore broader questions of shame, guilt, forgiveness, and cultural memory.
“It is rightfully our task to “never forget,” but I think we cannot discharge that task if we never forgive. For without forgiveness our memories are clouded by hate, vengeance, and/or denial. Therefore my call for Christians to learn how to be forgiven – forgiven even for a reality as horrible as the Holocaust – was meant to insure that we do not forget what happened there”
The presenting question about the category of judgment is its ambivalence: why is it an activity that we are sometimes warned against, sometimes encouraged to undertake? To begin with, we must make some
cursory observations on the scope of the term.