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Would people be religious if they were never going to die?

Dr. Denise Carmody discusses the interesting question whether people would be religious if they were never going to die. She suggests that death gives people a greater urgency to live life, and makes them appreciate how precious life is. In this way, the reality of death can make people more religious.

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About the Interviewee:

Dr. Denise Lardner Carmody, is Professor Emeritus at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California, where she was also provost from 2000 to 2006. Prior to that, she served as Bernard Hanley Professor in the Religious Studies Department at Santa Clara. She has been a professor of religious studies at the University of Tulsa, a visiting professor at the University of San Francisco, a scholar in residence at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, and a theologian in residence at the University of Northern Iowa. Along with her late husband Dr. John Carmody, with whom she has published more than 55 books, she was the recipient of the John Courtney Murray Award for Excellence in Theology given by the Catholic Theological Society of America. Her research interests include world religions, religion and feminism, and Christian spirituality.

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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