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Dr. Martha Reineke Engages with the Question: How Do You Respond to the Claim: “All Religions Are the Same, They Just Use Different Symbols”?
How do you respond to the claim: “All religions are the same, they just use different symbols”?
Dr. Martha Reineke discusses her claim that all religions are distinctively not the same. She finds value in the differences in religion, and to paint over these differences negates their true meaning. While Reineke does say that we can look for patterns common to religious systems, but that this eliminates the characteristics of diversity and uniqueness that enrich our study.
Reineke, Martha and Benney, Alfred. Created by Alfred Benney. "Dr. Martha Reineke Engages with the Question: How Do You Respond to the Claim: “All Religions Are the Same, They Just Use Different Symbols”?" November 1999. DigitalCommons@Fairfield. Web. https://digitalcommons.fairfield.edu/asrvideos/256
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Playing Time: 7:11 minutes
About the Interviewee:
Dr. Martha J. Reineke is a graduate of Earlham College and received her doctorate in philosophy of religion from Vanderbilt University. She is a member of the core faculty in the Graduate Program in Women's and Gender Studies as well as a Professor in the Department of Philosophy and World Religions at the University of Northern Iowa. Her areas of teaching and research expertise include theories of sex and gender, psychoanalytic theory, religion and society, and Existentialism. She is the author of Sacrificed Lives: Kristeva on Women and Violence and has published extensively on the work of René Girard and considers Girard's mimetic theory to be a vital resource for understanding and responding to violence in today's world. She is an advocate for persons with disabilities.
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.