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9-3-1999

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What contribution have American Catholic Theologians made to the Church?

Dr. Margaret Farley discusses the essential contribution she believes American Catholic theologians have contributed to the worldwide Church. She first does this by commenting on the important role theologians play in developing doctrine. She then defines both Theology and Ethics: Theology as “the faith community’s effort to understand and articulate what it believes”, and ethics as “how to live what it believes”. These two different conversations include theologians in dialogue not only with each other, but also students, and Church Hierarchy.

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Playing Time: 3:49 minutes

About the Interviewee:

Dr. Margaret Farley, R.S.M., is the Gilbert L. Stark Professor of Christian Ethics at Yale Divinity School. She has been honored with eleven honorary degrees, the John Courtney Murray Award for Excellence in Theology and is past president of the Catholic Theological Society of America. She has written several books and over eighty scholarly articles including Just Love: A Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics.

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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