So yesterday I got another package in the mail. Ravi Zacharias' new book, The Lamb and The Fuhrer
. He imagines this conversation between Christ and a post-suicide Hitler in the Judgement court of heaven, and somewhere halfway he throws Dietrich Bonhoeffer into the fray, among other witnesses like Albert Speer, a German soldier, and a concentration camp inmate.
I burned through the 86-page book in 90 minutes. Ravi goes through quite a few issues here, making it by far the most ambitious of his Great Conversations series.
Among other things, Jesus and Hitler talk about the separation of church and state (where I think Ravi fills in his own interpretation), the mechanics of deathbed forgiveness, the grounds for anti-Semitism, justification for taking a life, and of course, the true value of human life itself.
After diving into such a heady pool of philosophy, I rushed out for a lecture by Nobel laureate Sir Harold Kroto
, famous for discovering buckyballs, otherwise known as C-60.
He was intelligently humourous, and made creative use of Powerpoint's paltry sound and animation features to explain his discovery of buckminsterfullerene
. Apparently the younger Sir Kroto was an aspiring artist, and he took the time to present some of his artwork.
This man is passionate about scientific illiteracy and environmental causes, and he obviously still has a passion for his work. It is always an experience to hear about a great discovery from the one who discovered.
And I got to shake his hand. So there, I've shaken the hand of a Nobel laureate.