Time Essay: The Theology of Forgiveness

There was a sacramental air about it, a sense of ritual drama. Gerald Ford had just returned to the White House from Sunday morning services, fresh from partaking of the cup of Holy Communion at the historic St. John's Episcopal Church. He spoke with the same earnest, forthright piety that had moved many listeners in his Inaugural Address a month before. This time the phrases somehow seemed more sonorous: "To do what is right as God gives me to see the right ... to uphold our laws...

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