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6-25-1999

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How do you approach the study of religion?

Dr. Ramdas Lamb discusses the importance of making his students think critically about issues. He remarks that the most important objective of his class is to understand that religion is a reality throughout history, and that both the most beautiful and evil actions of the world have been products of religion. In his personal academic research, Lamb looks at the mistreatment of Untouchables in India. In both of these situations, Lamb sees the existence of a moral ladder that promotes non-violence.

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About the Interviewee:

Dr. Ramdas Lamb is Associate Professor of Religion at the University of Hawaii. He specializes in comparative religion and the religious traditions of India. From 1969 to 1978 he lived in India as a Hindu monk and he has also studied the traditions and practices of the Ramnami community. Dr. Lamb is President and co-founder of the Sahayog Foundation.

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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