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Why should we study religion?
Scholar Emilie Townes discusses why she studies religion, particularly the endless questioning that it seems to encourage. Ethical issues and human rights questions are particularly important.
Townes, Emilie M. and Benney, Alfred. Created by Alfred Benney. "Rev. Dr. Emilie M. Townes Engages with the Question: Why Should We Study Religion?" June 2000. DigitalCommons@Fairfield. Web. https://digitalcommons.fairfield.edu/asrvideos/30
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About the Interviewee: Rev. Dr. Emilie M. Townes
Rev. Townes is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of African American Religion and Theology at Yale Divinity School. Her teaching and general research interests focus on Christian ethics, womanist ethics, critical social theory, cultural theory and studies, as well as on postmodernism and social postmodernism. Among her many publications are Breaking the Fine Rain of Death: African American Health and a Womanist Ethic of Care; Womanist Justice, Womanist Hope; and In a Blaze of Glory: Womanist Spirituality as Social Witness. She served as president of the American Academy of Religion in 2008.
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.