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How does an historian look at religion?
Historian of Religious Culture John O'Malley discusses how to approach religion as an historian. Emphasizing the newfound interest in religion that many historians have recently taken up, O'Malley believes that their focus is somewhat misconstrued. Religion, for O'Malley, is what satisfies the human heart.
O'Malley, John S.J. and Benney, Alfred. Created by Alfred Benney. "John O'Malley, S.J. Engages with the Question: How Does an Historian Look at Religion?" January 2002. DigitalCommons@Fairfield. Web. https://digitalcommons.fairfield.edu/asrvideos/10
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About the Interviewee:
Fr. John O’Malley, S.J. is an historian of religion currently teaching at Georgetown University. Author and Lecturer, his most notable books are The First Jesuits (1993) which has been translated into ten languages, and What Happened at Vatican II (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.