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What is your definition of religion?

Dr. Margaret Farley describes her understanding of religion as a response to an experience of transcendence. She acknowledges that death, guilt, gratitude, and self-knowledge give rise to the concerns of religion, but she does not want to limit the experience of transcendence to one of these. She speaks of the importance of experience within religion and describes an activity of exploring one’s personal experience with God that she often uses with her students.

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About the Interviewee:

Dr. Margaret Farley, R.S.M., is the Gilbert L. Stark Professor of Christian Ethics at Yale Divinity School. She has been honored with eleven honorary degrees, the John Courtney Murray Award for Excellence in Theology and is past president of the Catholic Theological Society of America. She has written several books and over eighty scholarly articles including Just Love: A Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics.


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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