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How do you define religion?

Dr. Ramdas Lamb discusses his definition of religion, which he suggests is a “culturally defined value system that hierarchically preconceives the world” for humans. Having been a Hindu monk, Dr. Lamb speaks of his experience of religion through interaction with Buddhist and Catholic monks as welcoming, humbling, and unifying.

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About the Interviewee:

Dr. Ramdas Lamb is Associate Professor of Religion at the University of Hawaii. He specializes in comparative religion and the religious traditions of India. From 1969 to 1978 he lived in India as a Hindu monk and he has also studied the traditions and practices of the Ramnami community. Dr. Lamb is President and co-founder of the Sahayog Foundation.

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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