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6-25-1999

Abstract

Is there a significant concept that is foundational to your teaching?

Dr. Ramdas Lamb discusses the importance of explaining religions from both an outsider and insider perspective. He thinks it is important to explain his own personal background to his students. He then challenges them to consider the range of religions – ones that they may know because of a personal commitment – and others they have never observed, to look from both an insider and outsider perspective.

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Playing Time: 4:47 minutes

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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