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Dr. Martin Jaffee Engages with the Question: Would People Be Religious if They Were Never Going to Die?
Would people be religious if they were never going to die?
Dr. Martin Jaffee discusses his belief that humans would still be religious if they were never going to die, because death is not the most crucial concern of religion. While religion is grounded in the need for “control” of this life, there would still be other limitations that humans would need religion to control.
Jaffee, Martin and Benney, Alfred. Created by Alfred Benney. "Dr. Martin Jaffee Engages with the Question: Would People Be Religious if They Were Never Going to Die?" July 1999. DigitalCommons@Fairfield. Web. https://digitalcommons.fairfield.edu/asrvideos/55
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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.