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2-19-2002

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Is it possible to prove a supreme being?

Dr. Tracy Pintchman discusses whether it is possible to prove a supreme being. She explains that she does not think it is possible because knowing the existence of God is beyond her human ability. So the question is irrelevant. Asking this question from her religious studies point of view, she maintains that what you can prove is that religions exist and God is not necessarily central to the fact that religions do exist. Dr. Pintchman concludes that she regards the study of religion to be the study of human beings, not a deity.

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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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