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December 9, 2013 at 5:34 pm

WOUB: Collins on the Study of World Religions in a Free Society

In the Dec. 6 edition of Conversations from Studio B, Kelee Riesbeck interviews Dr. Brian Collins of Classics and World Religions on how technology inhibits the in-depth studies of humanities and cultures among younger generations.

Dr. Brian Collins

Dr. Brian Collins

Collins, the Drs. Ram and Sushila Gawande Chair in Indian Religions and Philosophy, also discusses the Hindu mythology, talking about sacrifices and offerings and what belief was behind these acts of faith.

Listen to the interview on WOUB.

Collins teaches world religions, “which is an inherently comparative major,” he says, “in that (students) would be required to study more than one religion, with the purpose of finding patterns across religions. With a college degree like world religions, what you’re learning to do is to read, write and think critically. And no matter what you do in life, those are the things that everybody wants more of.”

“What we’re really training people to be is citizens in a democracy,” he said, ” people who are well-informed, people who are thoughtful, people who see issues as complex rather than simplistic. The liberal arts are named for free people…We’re all free people and we need to know these things.”

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