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John O'Malley, S.J. Engages with the Question: What is Jesuit Style?
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  • John O'Malley, S.J., Georgetown University
  • Alfred Benney, Fairfield University
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What is the Jesuit style? Jesuit Historian John O'Malley discusses the purpose of “style” in his life as a Jesuit. "How" a person is, is just as important as "what" the person is. As a Jesuit, O'Malley finds this style to be orderly, practical, reflective, and open.

Playing Time: 2:46 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 is Jesuit Style?" (2002)
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