*More studies show a growing number of college students have no religious affiliation. And that’s making way for students to promote atheism through what they call a Godless campus crusade.
In existence for ten years, members of the Atheist and Agnostic Society at Iowa State University say they want to raise the profile of religious skepticism among the student body.
“A lot of people on campus either don’t know we exist or are afraid of us or hate us,” Alex Bodnar said in an interview, adding that “People assume we’re rabble-rousing, when we’re one of the gentlest groups on campus.” Bodnar is president of the ISU Atheist and Agnostic Society.
According to a recent study, Campus affiliates of the Secular Student Alliance have multiplied from 80 in 2007 to 100 in 2008 and 174 this fall, providing the atheist movement new training grounds for future leaders.
In another sign of growing acceptance, at least three universities, including Harvard, now have humanist chaplains meeting the needs of the not-so-spiritual. With the growth has come soul-searching — or the atheist equivalent — about what secular campus groups should look like.
commentary: We must do more as believers to instill a relationship with Christ beyond a religious belief. So that when they are confronted by the worlds system they can stand strong.