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Summary: The Science Behind Reconciliation

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In this article, Montville says the power of acknowledgement and forgiveness is at the core of reconciliation between perpetrators and victims. Scientific support structures for this assertion exist but need to become conventional wisdom.  Indirect healing processes are necessary before the more obvious conflicts can be addressed successfully.

The prime example in the Middle East is the need for Christian engagement with Jews to acknowledge the enormous moral debt of Christendom to the Jews of Europe. Christians must embrace Jews as a beloved people and begin to persuade them that they are safe. To make this persuasive in the case of Islam, Christians and Jews must study and learn that the Prophet of Islam saw Judaism and Christianity as sibling religions, sharing the same revelations from God but in different languages so that different tribes and nations could understand God’s message.