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Dr. Christine Bochen Engages with the Question: Would People Be Religious if They Were Never Going to Die?
Would people be religious if they were never going to die?
Dr. Christine Bochen discusses whether people would be religious if they were not going to die. She explains she does not have a response, but does think the question is more important than the answer. Dr. Bochen adds that religion is a way people discover their true being. She concludes by suggesting how a person’s understanding of death fits into their life.
Bochen, Christine and Benney, Alfred. Created by Alfred Benney. "Dr. Christine Bochen Engages with the Question: Would People Be Religious if They Were Never Going to Die?" November 1999. DigitalCommons@Fairfield. Web. https://digitalcommons.fairfield.edu/asrvideos/279
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Playing Time: 3:55 minutes
About the Interviewee:
Dr. Christine Bochen is the William H. Shannon Chair in Catholic Studies and professor of religious studies at Nazareth College in Rochester, NY. She received her doctorate from the Catholic University of America and studies and teaches Roman Catholic theology, feminist theology, American religions, and spirituality with an emphasis on the works of Thomas Merton. Dr. Bochen is a founding member and past president of the International Thomas Merton Society. She is well known for her many publications on Merton.
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.