09 May '11, 12am

Students at Pitzer College Can Now Major in "Secularism"

Students at Pitzer College Can Now Major in "Secularism"

As a college senior about to graduate with a degree in Religion, I was surprised and puzzled to see that Pitzer College, a small liberal arts college near Los Angeles, has decided to offer a major in "secularism." The program was proposed by Phil Zuckerman, a sociologist of religion who claims that studying nonbelief is as valid as studying belief. Zuckerman says that the rise in secularism has been understudied. "There are hundreds of millions of people who are nonreligious. I want to know who they are, what they believe, why they are nonreligious," explained Zuckerman. The program would offer classes like "God, Darwin and Design in America," "Anxiety in the Age of Reason" and "Bible as Literature." Zuckerman is the author of a book called Society Without God: What the Least Religious Nations Can Tell Us About Contentment , based on his research in the secular Scandinavia...

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