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How would you define religion?

Theologian Paul Fitzgerald, S.J., answers the question “What is religion?” by reflecting on his own experiences with the subject. Religion, he says, is the desire to discern God in one’s own life. Religion is also the ability to see creation as it truly is, no matter how chaotic it may be, and to find God present and active in these things. With this, religion also challenges us to see the world as it should be, and to act to allow that with the help of God.

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About the Interviewee: Rev. Dr. Paul J. Fitzgerald, S.J.

Fr. Fitzgerald, S.J. is the Senior Vice President For Academic Affairs at Fairfield University. He formerly taught theology at Santa Clara University and has written on a variety of theological topics. He received doctorates from La Sorbonne and Institut Catholique de Paris and specializes in Sociology of Religion and Practical Theology.

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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