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Rev. Dr. David Tracy Engages with the Question: Would We Be Religious if We Were Never Going to Die?
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  • David Tracy, University of Chicago
  • Alfred Benney, Fairfield University
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Would we be religious if we were never going to die? Rev. Dr. David Tracy explains how he believes humans would remain religious if they were not going to die. He acknowledges that we would certainly change the way in which we do religion, but we would not abolish it. For Tracy religious experience not only reflects on death, but also the beauty of nature and humanity, which he believes would have greater value for religion if humans were immortal.

Playing Time: 2:08 minutes

About the Interviewee:

Rev. Dr. David Tracy is the Andrew Thomas Greeley and Grace McNichols Greeley Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Catholic Studies and Professor of Theology and the Philosophy of Religions at the University of Chicago Divinity School. His publications include The Analogical Imagination: Christian Theology and the Culture of Pluralism and On Naming the Present: Reflections on God, Hermeneutics, and Church. Professor Tracy is currently writing a book on God.

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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David Tracy and Alfred Benney. "Rev. Dr. David Tracy Engages with the Question: Would We Be Religious if We Were Never Going to Die?" (1999)
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