Wednesday, May 25, 2011

A degree in secularism

A university in California is now offering a degree in secular studies. It is an interdisciplinary programme, so students can take classes from philosophy, history, sociology, psychology, science and religion.

The course is being offered due to the growth of irreligion. About 16% of Americans described themselves as non-religious. Between 12% and 21% of Americans identify as atheist or agnostic. One third of Canadians are secular. One in five Canadians say they don’t believe in a God. In France 33% of people are now atheists. Belguim 27%. Rates are higher in the Czech Republic, Estonia, Sweden and Slovenia.

This is a growing academic trend.


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