First Topic - #17: Dante: Born this week in 1265
Although the exact date of the birth of Dante Alighieri is unknown, it is widely believed to be in mid-May of 1265. We take the opportunity to talk with celebrated Dante scholar Anthony Esolen about the significance and influence of Dante and The Divine Comedy.
Second Topic - #16: Amish Grace
One year ago today, a gunman entered a one-room Amish school in Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania. In front of twenty-five horrified pupils, thirty-two-year-old Charles Roberts ordered the boys and the teacher to leave. After tying the legs of the ten remaining girls, Roberts opened fire on all of them, killing five and leaving the others critically wounded. He then shot himself as police stormed the building. His motivation? “I'm angry at God for taking my little daughter,” he told the children before the massacre. The blood was barely dry on the schoolhouse floor when Amish parents brought words of forgiveness to the family of the one who had slain their children. The outside world was incredulous that such forgiveness could be offered so quickly for such a heinous crime. We explore the many questions this story raises about the religious beliefs and habits that led the Amish to forgive so quickly. Donald Kraybill, author of Amish Grace is our guest.