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Rev. Dr. Emilie M. Townes Engages with the Question: How Do You Respond to Students Who Say “All Religions Are the Same”?
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  • Emilie M. Townes, Yale University
  • Alfred Benney, Fairfield University
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Video
Interview Date
6-21-2000
Abstract

How do you respond to students who say “All religions are the same”?

Professor Townes explains how all religions are not essentially the same, and that each religion uses different approaches, symbols and statements of belief that identify the different experiences of their adherents. Because the emotional level of religion is so evident, we cannot assert that all religions are the same because they often invoke different emotions from believers.

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About the Interviewee: Rev. Dr. Emilie M. Townes

Rev. Townes is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of African American Religion and Theology at Yale Divinity School. Her teaching and general research interests focus on Christian ethics, womanist ethics, critical social theory, cultural theory and studies, as well as on postmodernism and social postmodernism. Among her many publications are Breaking the Fine Rain of Death: African American Health and a Womanist Ethic of Care; Womanist Justice, Womanist Hope; and In a Blaze of Glory: Womanist Spirituality as Social Witness. She served as president of the American Academy of Religion in 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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Emilie M. Townes and Alfred Benney. "Rev. Dr. Emilie M. Townes Engages with the Question: How Do You Respond to Students Who Say “All Religions Are the Same”?" (2000)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/alfred_benney/62/