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Would humans be religious if they were never going to die?

Historian John O'Malley responds to an hypothetical question, "Would we be religious if we were never going to die?" The answer, he believes, is yes. Religion is concerned with more than an afterlife; it is a reflection of who we are as human beings.

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About the Interviewee:

Fr. John O’Malley, S.J. is an historian of religion currently teaching at Georgetown University. Author and Lecturer, his most notable books are The First Jesuits (1993) which has been translated into ten languages, and What Happened at Vatican II (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.

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