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How did you become interested in the study of religion?

Rev. Walter Burghardt, S.J. first identifies himself as a priest, theologian, and preacher. After attending high school with Jesuits, Burghardt decided to join the order himself. In his early career, Burghardt had a particular interest on the early Fathers of the Church, which stemmed from interest in the martyrdom of Ignatius of Antioch. More recently, Burghardt developed a program for improving preaching on social justice issues. He then discusses the beauty of the search to answer what is the reality of God, theology, and the human person.

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About the Interviewee:

The Rev. Dr. Walter Burghardt, S.J. received a Master’s degree and Licentiates in philosophy and sacred theology at Woodstock College near Baltimore and was ordained in 1941. He earned a doctorate in sacred theology from the Catholic University of America. Rev. Burghardt taught historical theology for 32 years at Woodstock College and was also a professor at Catholic University and a visiting lecturer at Union Theological in New York and Princeton Theological Seminary. From 1974 to 2003, he was a senior fellow at the Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown University and in 1978, he was named the first theologian in residence at Georgetown. Rev. Burghardt wrote more than 300 articles and 25 books and was well known as one of the country’s best preachers. He died 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

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