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9-3-2012

Abstract

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

Dr. Nancy Dallavalle comments on the connection of religion with mortality. She observes that nothing much would change because the practice of religion is not about reward or punishment in the first instance. Dr. Dallavalle points out that the question itself is problematic because it is outside our experience.

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Playing Time: 2:06 minutes

About the Interviewee:

Dr. Nancy Dallavalle holds a Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame and is Chair of the Religious Studies Department at Fairfield University. She works as a Catholic Systematic Theologian with special interests in the conversation between science and religion and the role of Catholics in the public forum. Also, Dr. Dallavalle has written on related issues including the following: “Resilient Citizens: The Public (and Gendered) Face of American Catholicism” in Inculturation and the Church in North America, Kennedy, S.J., T. Frank (ed.) and “Feminist Theologies” in The Cambridge Companion to Karl Rahner, Hines, Mary and Marmion, Declan (eds.).

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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