That’s my kind of education!
With countless Universities gleefully handing out Doctorates of Nonsense (commonly known as theology), it’s nice to hear that Pitzer College will be offering a Major in Secularism this fall. How cool is that?
Starting this fall, Pitzer College, a small liberal arts institution in Southern California, will inaugurate a department of secular studies. Professors from other departments, including history, philosophy, religion, science and sociology, will teach courses like “God, Darwin and Design in America,” “Anxiety in the Age of Reason” and “Bible as Literature.”
Studying nonbelief is as valid as studying belief, Mr. Zuckerman said, and the new major will make that very clear.
I’d say given the fact we live in a culture that has to have special rules to keep religion out of public life (albeit with varying degrees of success), I would say it’s far MORE important than religious study. We need to understand how this irreligious trend is growing, and what the future of this movement means. It’s my hope the tiny college will be one of many who adopt this kind of curriculum in their schools.