Tuesday, March 9, 2010
The Changing Nature of Forgiveness
It’s easy to be jaded about forgiveness in a world where a new celebrity or political scandal breaks out every week, followed by a predictable, often dubious, public apology (and maybe a stint in rehab). But contrast these media events with the Amish community’s reaction to the man who shot and killed five Amish schoolchildren in 2006; their forgiveness was so swift and so incomprehensible that it garnered national media attention on its own. That incident is one of the many examined in filmmaker Helen Whitney’s documentary, “Forgiveness: A Time to Love and a Time to Hate.” On Tuesday she joins us for a conversation about the changing nature of forgiveness.