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4-14-2002

Abstract

Would humans be religious if they were never going to die?

Jesuit Paul Fitzgerald works to answer the question “Would we be religious if we weren’t going to die?” Understanding that that this question requires an hypothetical answer, Fitzgerald responds with a “yes” because he suggests that religion is a response to our innate calling to the divine, and not a comfort to survive our own deaths.

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Playing Time: 2:34 minutes

About the Interviewee: Rev. Dr. Paul J. Fitzgerald, S.J.

Fr. Fitzgerald, S.J. is the Senior Vice President For Academic Affairs at Fairfield University. He formerly taught theology at Santa Clara University and has written on a variety of theological topics. He received doctorates from La Sorbonne and Institut Catholique de Paris and specializes in Sociology of Religion and Practical 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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