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8-19-2000

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Should a theologian be a critic of religions outside his field of study?

Dr. Schubert Ogden discusses his opinion that it is not theologically productive to criticize or try to change intellectual views that are significantly different from our own. Understanding others is difficult enough without pretending that we “know it all.” Engaging others in often complicated discussions in an effort to learn from them and perhaps move closer to a common understanding is a useful project.

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About the Interviewee:

Dr. Ogden is Professor Emeritus at Southern Methodist University. He received his doctorate from The University of Chicago Divinity School and is the recipient of several honorary degrees. He is an ordained Methodist minister and a member of the West Ohio Conference, the United Methodist Church. From 1976 to 1977, Dr. Ogden was President of the American Academy of Religion and was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Dr. Ogden is the author of many books and a large number of articles on a variety of theological topics. Two of his books, Faith and Freedom: Toward a Theology of Liberation, and The Reality of God and Other Essays are considered to be significant contributions to the field of Christian theology.

About the Interviewer:

Dr. Alfred Benney is a professor of Religious Studies at Fairfield University. He has a Ph.D in Theology from the Hartford Seminary Foundation and teaches courses in Non-Traditional American Religions and Christian Religious Thought. His research interests include "how people learn"; "the appropriate use of technology in teaching/learning" and "myth as explanatory narrative". He has published work on teaching with technology.

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