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11-4-1998

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Do you think we would be religious if we were never going to die?

Rev. Walter Burghardt, S.J. discusses the book of Genesis as God’s original intention to create human beings that were religious and never would die, but this goal ends as soon as sin enters the world. For Burghardt, the question is not answerable in a general way, but can only generate a subjective response.

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About the Interviewee:

The Rev. Dr. Walter Burghardt, S.J. received a Master’s degree and Licentiates in philosophy and sacred theology at Woodstock College near Baltimore and was ordained in 1941. He earned a doctorate in sacred theology from the Catholic University of America. Rev. Burghardt taught historical theology for 32 years at Woodstock College and was also a professor at Catholic University and a visiting lecturer at Union Theological in New York and Princeton Theological Seminary. From 1974 to 2003, he was a senior fellow at the Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown University and in 1978, he was named the first theologian in residence at Georgetown. Rev. Burghardt wrote more than 300 articles and 25 books and was well known as one of the country’s best preachers. He died in 2008.

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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