Why should people be interested in studying religion?
Dr. Ninian Smart discusses why people should be interested in religion. He states that the study of religion is important to almost all aspects of human existence. Dr. Smart notes that when he began studying religion, many academics did not understand that the field of religious studies attempts to look at religion from an objective point of view. The study of religion helps us understand the world and the human beings in it. He remarks that political leaders often dismiss the importance of religion and, for example, did not anticipate the Islamic revolution in Iran.
Smart, Ninian and Benney, Alfred. Created by Alfred Benney. "Dr. Ninian Smart Engages with the Question: Why Should People be Interested in Studying Religion?" February 1999. DigitalCommons@Fairfield. Web. http://digitalcommons.fairfield.edu/asrvideos/313
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