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Dr. Maria Pilar Aquino Engages with the Question: What Does the Word “Religion” Mean?
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  • Maria Pilar Aquino, University of San Diego
  • Alfred Benney, Fairfield University
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What does the word “religion” mean? Dr. Maria Pilar Aquino takes on the task of defining what “religion” is. For her, it is the expression of the existence of a transcendent reality and the goodness within the human person. Whether or not a “god” exists is a different question, but religion conceptualizes this idea of deity.

Playing Time: 3:29 minutes

About the Interviewee:

Maria Pilar Aquino, S.T.D., teaches at the University of San Diego. She is a Catholic Latina Theologian whose primary areas are liberation theologies, social ethics, and feminist theologies, with special interests in intercultural approaches, conflict transformation, and religious peacebuilding studies. She was co-founder and first woman president of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States and has authored more than fifty books and journal articles.

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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Maria Pilar Aquino and Alfred Benney. "Dr. Maria Pilar Aquino Engages with the Question: What Does the Word “Religion” Mean?" (2002)
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