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2-19-2002

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Are all religions the same?

Dr. Tracy Pintchman discusses the question “Are all religions the same?” She observes that saying all religions are the same, is like saying all languages are the same. Religions are different understandings of what it means to be human. She explains that although religions do share similarities they cannot be all put together because that would be overlooking many important parts of each particular religion. Dr. Pintchman concludes by suggesting that saying all religions are the same would mean not understanding how religions actually function.

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About the Interviewee:

Dr. Tracy Pintchman received a PhD in Religious Studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara where she specialized in the study of Hinduism, with a focus on gender issues, Goddess traditions, and Hindu women's rituals. Dr. Pintchman is a Professor and Director of International Studies Program at Loyola University, Chicago. She has also taught at Northwestern University and Harvard University. Her publications include: Women's Lives, Women's Rituals in the Hindu Tradition and The Rise of the Goddess in the Hindu Tradition.

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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