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SECULAR VOLUNTEERS NEEDED NOW! RU AGAINST HUNGER

Register to participate.

Rutgers Against Hunger (RAH) and a new student group committed to working with RAH – studentorganizedrah@gmail.com (SO-RAH). need help with upcoming events (you can wear your group’s t-shirts):

  1. SO-RAH Hunger Games (4/11), providing food for young students WHO CAME FROM FOSTER CARE SYSTEM.
  2. ***Volunteers at Community Food Bank of NJ (4/13, 11:30am-1:30pm) – 10 SLOTS AVAILABLE! , Transportation to Hillside provided from campus
  3. NJ PIRG Hunger and Homelessness campaign. Collect food from households in New Brunswick and spread the word about hunger issues

Volunteers at Elijah’s Kitchen, New Bruns. (4/13) – NO MORE SLOTS AVAILABLE; next openings in June and after.

CONTACT RutgersHumanist [@] gmail.com for information.

~Barry Klassel

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WELCOME BACK RU STUDENTS: EVENTS & CLUBS

September 4th is the first day of classes.

The Humanist Chaplaincy at Rutgers would like to WELCOME all of the new incoming students and all those returning, hopefully, well rested from the summer.

While finalizing your classes, we would like to invite you to get involved with your Rutgers community outside the classroom.

The Humanist Chaplaincy offers a number of presentations throughout the semester from (more…)

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GODLESS BY 2038? THE RISE OF SECULAR STUDENTS

‘Atheism to defeat religion by 2038’?  Well that’s the headline of Nigel Barber’s recent article in the Huffington Post.  Barber argues that religion will go the way of the horse and carriage, and for the same reason.  Because “improv[ed] living conditions are associated with a decline in religion, [which] is supported by a mountain of evidence.”  The relationship between economic security and irreligion is known as the existential security hypothesis.

But why 2038?  Well according to Barber’s estimate taken from the 9 most godless and 9 least religious countries in the world, that is the year that the godless/non-religious will outnumber theists.  How did he get this number?  By simply taking the average year that stat was reached in those countries and the gdp per capita of the countries and then comparing it to global trends.

If anything this trend is most evident in the growth of non-theism among American students.  So the growth might not be caused by individuals eventually reaching a certain level of economic and existential security, but students growing up and forming their identity with such existential security.  When Pew Research asked Americans if they ever doubted the existence of God, the Millenial generation born from 1981 and younger left the Baby Boomers, Gen X and the Silent Gen far behind in terms of number of skeptics.  Current college students are the tip of the iceberg of those that doubt God’s existence and incorporate Him less into their worldviews.  Twenty somethings and younger are becoming more and more comfortable doubting and wondering if God is all that important.

But more so than just skepticism and doubt, American College students are (more…)

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