What led you to the study of religion?
Dr. Ninian Smart discusses what influenced his interest in the study of religion. When he was 18 years old he joined the British army where he was sent to Sri Lanka. He states that when he experienced a civilization that practiced Buddhism, he realized he knew nothing about the religion. When he began his graduate studies at Oxford, he was inspired to study religion because of his experiences in the army. But at the time, there were few programs in the study of religion as compared with programs in theology. He became part of the revolutionary move to the more objective examination of religious systems that became known as religious studies.
Smart, Ninian and Benney, Alfred. Created by Alfred Benney. "Dr. Ninian Smart Engages with the Question: What Led You to the Study of Religion?" February 1999. DigitalCommons@Fairfield. Web. http://digitalcommons.fairfield.edu/asrvideos/309
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