Trinity Professor: ‘The Secular Are Skeptics’

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SkepticalInqurierJulyAugustBarry A. Kosmin, a Trinity College professor and founding director of the Institute for the Study of Secularism in Society and Culture, has an article in the Special Issue on Science and Religion of the Skeptical Inquirer magazine, just out.

His piece, “The Secular Are Skeptics: the Worldviews of Today’s University Students,” centers on the  2013 American Religious Identification Survey, conducted by the institute. The survey found that 31.8 percent of students surveyed described themselves as religious, 32.4 percent as spiritual but not religious, and 28.2 percent as secular but not religious. (The rest said they didn’t know.)

Kosmin writes: “The secular worldview prototype adheres closely to naturalism and Enlightenment ideology with strong support for science, reason, empiricism, and evidence-based medicine. … among the three worldviews, the secular worldview group emerges as the most intellectually coherent and unified and with the greatest potential for solidarity.”


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