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Are moral principles a product of faith in a deity?

Dr. Ramdas Lamb discusses the existence of morals and values outside of the religious realm. For Lamb, an atheistic position does not negate the ability of a person to hold moral values. Although these values may sometimes stem from religious surroundings, it is also the existence of life and how we participate in it that develops moral and ethical reasoning.

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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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