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Is it useful to define religion?
Dr. Tracy Pintchman discusses why she does not think that defining religion is important. She does not want to define religion because a definition is not useful. Dr. Pintchman concludes that she finds that describing (not defining) religion leads to better insights.
Pintchman, Tracy and Benney, Alfred. Created by Alfred Benney. "Dr. Tracy Pintchman Engages with the Question: Is it Useful to Define Religion?" February 2002. DigitalCommons@Fairfield. Web. https://digitalcommons.fairfield.edu/asrvideos/294
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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.