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How would you define religion?
Dr. Denise Carmody defines religion in terms of an Ultimate Reality which she considers to be the mystery that surrounds all religions. Religious people live in communion with this Ultimate Reality and interact with it. Lastly, Dr. Carmody suggests that religion is the way people search for meaning by connecting with this Ultimate Reality.
Carmody, Denise and Benney, Alfred. Created by Alfred Benney. "Dr. Denise Carmody Engages with the Question: How Would You Define Religion?" August 1993. DigitalCommons@Fairfield. Web. https://digitalcommons.fairfield.edu/asrvideos/175
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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.