A Thirst For Religious Knowledge

From my own personal experience how do I assess the status of religion in Nevada? As a University of Nevada philosophy professor my experience relates to undergraduate and graduate enrollment in religion related courses. I find that many UNR students are genuinely interested in religion in general, and curious about various non-Christian religions. Every Spring, I teach a World Religions class in which every seat is taken, and the class is often enrolled beyond the official class size. A similar experience occurs when I teach a philosophy of religion class occasionally in the Fall. To be clear, it is not the case that a majority of my students are self described theists. Often theists represent less than a third of the enrollees. Rather, what I am reporting is that most of the students who voluntarily register for these religion related courses have a deep intellectual curiosity about matters religious.

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