College becomes US’s first to offer major in secularism

I am very glad to see that this is happening, though am surprised I have not heard about ti before. I love how the comments on this article, and even the article itself, seem to misunderstand the point. People will not be going to Pitser College to ‘Learn Secularism’ in the same way that people go to a Madhab to ‘Learn Islam’ or to a Bible College to ‘Learn the Gospel’. They will be going there to learn about secularisation…

I am did a Religious Studies undergraduate degree… I learned about religion. Along the way, I learned a lot about secularism, did a dissertation on atheism, and am currently researching the nonreligious. None of these things entail agreeing with that position… nor is it anything to do with preaching, or even legitimating.

By learning about nonreligion, we can expand our knowledge of religion. Just like this works the other way around. We do not make judgements on which is the default position, or on which is the right position…

Here’s to hoping more of these degree programmes appear across the globe. A step in the right direction Phil Zuckerman :)

By Dan Gilgoff, Religion Editor (CNN) — I don’t know whether to be surprised that it happened or surprised that it took so long: a California college has become the first in the nation to offer a major in secularism. The New York Times reported this weekend on the move by Pitzer College, a liberal arts institution in Southern California that’s one of seven Claremont Colleges. Some back story from The Times: The department was proposed by … Read More

via CNN Belief Blog


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Scholar of religion/nonreligion... PhD Student (Lancaster University), blogger, singer, actor, thinker... Northern Irish living in Scotland. Co-founder of The Religious Studies Project. Director at the NSRN. Baritone masquerading as a tenor. Vegetarian for no particular reason.

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