First Topic – Religious Right meets to analyze 2008 field
A powerful group of conservative Christian leaders decided this weekend at a private meeting in Salt Lake City to consider supporting a third-party candidate for president if a pro-choice nominee like Rudy Giuliani wins the Republican nomination. The meeting of about 50 leaders, including Focus on the Family's James Dobson, the Family Research Council's Tony Perkins and former presidential candidate Gary Bauer. Gary joins us to recap the event and correct the record.
Second Topic – The Laughter at the Heart of Christian Literature
Celebrated Dante scholar and translator Anthony Esolen provides a profound meditation upon the use and place of irony in Christian art and in the Christian life. Beginning with an extended analysis of irony as an essentially dramatic device, Esolen explores those manifestations of irony that appear prominently in Christian thinking and art. Augustine, Dante, Shakespeare, Tolkien and more.