Image for What's the Point of Forgiveness?Not currently available on BBC iPlayer

Duration: 1 hour

Inspired by Jesus's words on the cross, Bettany Hughes traces the history of this challenging virtue. What does it really ask of us? And how realistic is it to put into practice? She looks for forgiveness in the violence of the Crusades, the turmoil of the Reformation and the quest for peace in South Africa.

At Ground Zero Bettany meets Cheryl McGuinness the widow of the co-pilot of the first plane to hit the Twin Towers, who in a remarkable gesture has chosen to forgive her husband's murderers.

It is a paradox of history that the more secular the society, the more forgiveness flourishes.

Last on

Fri 22 Apr 2011 09:00 BBC One

Credits

Presenter
Bettany Hughes
Director
Jonathan Mayo
Producer
Jonathan Mayo
Executive Producer
Jean-Claude Bragard

Broadcasts

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Added. Check out your playlist Dismiss