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Dr. Nancy Dallavalle Engages with the Question: How Would You Define Religion?
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  • Nancy Dallavalle, Fairfield University
  • Alfred Benney, Fairfield University
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How would you define religion? Dr. Nancy Dallavalle suggests that religion is a system of symbols that facilitate the move outside of ourselves. Symbols seduce us and draw us into a story that is bigger than our own.

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About the Interviewee:

Dr. Nancy Dallavalle holds a Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame and is Chair of the Religious Studies Department at Fairfield University. She works as a Catholic Systematic Theologian with special interests in the conversation between science and religion and the role of Catholics in the public forum. Also, Dr. Dallavalle has written on related issues including the following: “Resilient Citizens: The Public (and Gendered) Face of American Catholicism” in Inculturation and the Church in North America, Kennedy, S.J., T. Frank (ed.) and “Feminist Theologies” in The Cambridge Companion to Karl Rahner, Hines, Mary and Marmion, Declan (eds.).

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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Nancy Dallavalle and Alfred Benney. "Dr. Nancy Dallavalle Engages with the Question: How Would You Define Religion?" (2012)
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