Swept Away: Confession and Society


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Confession is an integral part of the Judeo-Christian tradition. It's also an important part of our legal system. This hour we'll learn about each context, and where they may even intersect.



A few weeks ago, Ohioan Matthew Cordle posted a video to YouTube admitting he’d killed someone in a drunk driving accident. Some said his confession was self-serving, others lauded him for it. This hour, we’ll discuss the act of confession from religious and legal perspectives and examine what good it does the self and society to admit fault.


  • Mandie Trimble, WOSU reporter
  • Mike Close, lawyer, former common pleas judge and former court of appeals judge
  • Rev. Dr. Henry J. Langknecht, professor at Trinity Lutheran Seminary

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