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2-19-2002

Abstract

Is it useful to define religion?

Dr. Tracy Pintchman discusses why she does not think that defining religion is important. She does not want to define religion because a definition is not useful. Dr. Pintchman concludes that she finds that describing (not defining) religion leads to better insights.

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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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