The Unexamined Life - Secularity at Beloit College pt. 1

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Part one of The Unexamined Life - Secularity at Beloit College

Beloit College is universally understood as a secular college—a school unaffiliated with any church or religion. But is that the full meaning of our secular character? How do religious students experience the dominant culture? How does being secular mark a student and how does it mark the college in a global context? Based on interviews with faculty and students, The Unexamined Life seeks to shed light on how people's experiences, knowledge, and learning is shaped by a worldview and lens that is so basic it often goes unexamined. While the strong experience of secularism at Beloit College is considered in its own right, that experience reflects the way normative systems of belief and perspective can become entrenched and imposed in many other contexts.

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So glad I found this video through Beloit's Interfaith page! I am an '09 Beloit alum who spent my fresh and soph year driving other Catholic students to Mass every Sunday, participating in a Catholic discussion group, and enduring respectful questions from my atheist Beloiter friends like, "Can you help me understand what a soul is?" For the first time in my life I was exposed to non-Catholic belief systems as I went on trips with Interfaith to visit Buddhist monks, talked with my Jewish roommate, and analyzed various belief systems in Anthropology and Religious Studies classes. Fast-forward to today, where I am an Atheist working at a Methodist college, constantly finding myself frustrated by my discomfort with people of faith. This video helped remind me where my secular assumptions come from and critique the Beloit norm that religious equals "un-progressive." I don't think Beloit is "where religion goes to die," but I do think the exposure to other faiths helped me change mine.
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