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What is the value of belief in an afterlife for those facing death?

Dr. Margaret Farley discusses how different religions support the way faithful people face death. She clearly states how she has experienced no correlation between how people face death, with fear or no fear, and whether or not they believe in God or an afterlife. She specifically reflects on a woman she has recently met and the women’s own acceptance of nothingness as her own type of faith journey. In this reflection, Farley concludes that there is only a need for a real, developed worldview for a person to face death with meaning.

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Playing Time: 5:11 minutes

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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