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Dr. Martin Marty Engages with the Question: Why Do You See the Study of History to Be Important?
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  • Martin Marty, University of Chicago
  • Alfred Benney, Fairfield University
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Why do you see the study of history to be important? Dr. Martin Marty discusses the importance of history in every aspect of today’s world, such as sports, business, and language. Although he remarks that history cannot predict the future, it can help us see patterns and make choices. In Marty’s opinion, religious history is the most intriguing, because it answers life’s biggest questions.

Playing Time: 2:50 minutes

About the Interviewee:

Dr. Martin Marty is the Fairfax M. Cone Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus at the University of Chicago, where he taught for 35 years mostly in the Divinity School. He has been a columnist, editor and frequent contributor to a variety of publications. He has written more than 60 books including, Righteous Empire and Modern American Religion and written or contributed to hundreds of articles. Ordained a Lutheran minister in 1952, he served parishes in the Chicago area until joining the University of Chicago faculty in 1963.

Dr. Marty was president of the American Academy of Religion, the American Society of Church History, and the American Catholic Historical Association. He has served on two U. S. Presidential Commissions and was director of both the Fundamentalism Project of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Public Religion Project at the University of Chicago (sponsored by the Pew Charitable Trust).

Dr. Martin Marty has received many honors including 80 honorary degrees and several public service medals.

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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Martin Marty and Alfred Benney. "Dr. Martin Marty Engages with the Question: Why Do You See the Study of History to Be Important?" (2000)
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