In the first part of this post, we established three fundamental things:
- You are healed from PTSD if you no longer meet the criteria for the diagnosis.
- Psychology, as a science, proposes hypotheses which can be tested in the natural world.
- Religion also proposes hypotheses, but fundamentally about the supernatural world, where hypotheses cannot be tested.
Let’s add one more fundamental idea: religious traditions can, and do, propose many things about the natural world. Some of their most notable propositions are ethical in nature, and in this context one finds the idea that forgiveness is a good thing.
Forgiveness as a value has a long and honored tradition in the Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Islam, and Christianity). If we consider that religion, like all traditional culture, functions in part as a kind of “memory” for a people – identifying and preserving important ideas, understandings, and directives, then a reasonable case can be made that we should seriously consider the idea of forgiveness.