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How do you respond to a student who says “I have my beliefs, why should I look any further?”

Dr. Tracy Pintchman discusses the issue of students thinking their personal belief is all they need. She explains that religions are a fact in the world and are a part of understanding how the world works. Dr. Pintchman suggests that our idea of separation of Church and State is part of this attitude. Dr. Pintchman concludes that not wanting to know about any other religion but the one you believe in, is choosing to be ignorant.

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About the Interviewee:

Dr. Tracy Pintchman received a PhD in Religious Studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara where she specialized in the study of Hinduism, with a focus on gender issues, Goddess traditions, and Hindu women's rituals. Dr. Pintchman is a Professor and Director of International Studies Program at Loyola University, Chicago. She has also taught at Northwestern University and Harvard University. Her publications include: Women's Lives, Women's Rituals in the Hindu Tradition and The Rise of the Goddess in the Hindu Tradition.

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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