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John O'Malley, S.J. Engages with the Question: What Role do Jesuits Play in the Modern World?
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  • John O'Malley, S.J., Georgetown University
  • Alfred Benney, Fairfield University
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What role do Jesuits play in the modern world? Jesuit John O'Malley discusses the Jesuit’s spiritual mission in the modern world. He describes this mission as feeding those who "hunger for the transcendent" essentially through education. The Jesuits have always made a scholarly effort to show the impact of this “transcendence” in art, mathematics, literature and science.

Playing Time: 2:56 minutes

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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John O'Malley and Alfred Benney. "John O'Malley, S.J. Engages with the Question: What Role do Jesuits Play in the Modern World?" (2002)
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