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How can we think of “religion?”

Dr. Martin Jaffee discusses the question of whether Buddhism can be considered a religion. He believes that yes because there is some sort of connection to a deity, even though they may not exist. He also speaks further of his own definition of religion, including a focus on ritual and ethics.

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Playing Time: 3:16 minutes

About the Interviewee:

Dr. Martin Jaffee is the Samuel & Althea Stroum Professor of Jewish Studies at the University of Washington. He has served on a variety of editorial boards and works in the area of Talmudic and Rabbinic studies. His academic interests include issues in modern Jewish thought, Jewish Mysticism and Jewish cultural history.

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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