Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Studying the world of secular people

Pitzer College is a small (approx 1000 students) that is part of the Claremont Colleges (a university divided into five colleges).  Located near Los Angeles, it has won some degree of prestige.  The 2011 US News and World Report College Rankings, for example, placed Pitzer College as the 46th overall best liberal arts college.  Now it is adding a department for secular studies, and will probably be the first college to offer a major course of study in secular sociology.  As the founder explains:

“It’s not about arguing ‘Is there a God or not?’ ” Mr. Zuckerman said. “There are hundreds of millions of people who are nonreligious. I want to know who they are, what they believe, why they are nonreligious. You have some countries where huge percentages of people — Czechs, Scandinavians — now call themselves atheists. Canada is experiencing a huge wave of secularization. This is happening very rapidly.
“It has not been studied,” he added.
Will SD Shout come under study?

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