The Ethics of Revenge and Forgiveness: A Comparison of Chinese and Western Cultural Values and Theology

John B. Zhang


Various ways to solve the problems of hatred, and conflict resolution have emerged within cultural traditions, political environments, and religious belief systems. Since the emergence of human society, revenge had always been one of the methods to resolve conflicts. We can easily find that this perennial ethical issue affecting and troubling human society, especially families and communities. In the course of history, revenge was once considered as a kind of virtue and the idea of revenge was even honored and respected. However, with the passage of time, it is being gradually abandoned by the civilized world which embraces forgiveness. Each culture and religion has advocated forgiveness in different ways. This article examines both the Chinese and Western attitudes concerning forgiveness and revenge to allow for reflection on cultural dialogue and peace-making.

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