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You can't extract the context from the position. Only one member of congress currently identifies as an atheist. 40% of the US believe the earth is less than 10,000 years old. Also, the chair is not strictly focussing on unbelief,

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In reality, this new chair is a study of secular humanism and it's engagement with the world. It's a good thing for a US uni to attempt. Probably wouldn't be wholly pointless in Australia either, though of course we have far less need for such a chair. There are probably dozens of courses on similar themes in Australian philosophy departments.
Not in WA, at least not when I applied. Philosophy departments told me to fuck off. The only department I got a warm and enthusiastic response was the Theology Department at Murdoch. But they hardly had the cash to do the already existing courses, and were cutting back.
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At uni of Tasmania in the late 90s early 00s most philosophy courses on offer assumed non-belief. Approaching the curriculum from a theistic perspective would have been onerous, though a few tried, they never really made any sense.

Let’s not forget, 30% of us are ‘nons’ and what percentage of undergrads in Australia are ‘nons’? I don’t know but i’d wager significantly more than 30%.

I think the least we might say is that there is no given assumption of theistic belief in Australian undergrad arts courses, generally speaking - which is probably not the case in the US.
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At uni of Tasmania in the late 90s early 00s most philosophy courses on offer assumed non-belief. Approaching the curriculum from a theistic perspective would have been onerous, though a few tried, they never really made any sense.

Letís not forget, 30% of us are Ďnonsí and what percentage of undergrads in Australia are Ďnonsí? I donít know but iíd wager significantly more than 30%.

I think the least we might say is that there is no given assumption of theistic belief in Australian undergrad arts courses, generally speaking - which is probably not the case in the US.
Uni of Notre Dame?

But that is expected.
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Well...also i’m obviously not including ACU in that above post. Just real universities. Don’t know anything about Notre Dame but they have a decent education department don’t though? I heard that somewhere but i’m being a bit ‘eastist’ with my ignorance here.
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Well...also iím obviously not including ACU in that above post. Just real universities. Donít know anything about Notre Dame but they have a decent education department donít though? I heard that somewhere but iím being a bit Ďeastistí with my ignorance here.
Not too bad. But all students have to do an intro ethics course. I helped a friend navigate the terrors of Bishop Anslem's "argument" for god in such a way as not to offend the Catholic academics. My better half worked there and they [the teaching staff]swear like wharfies. Not as good as Hack or Goldenmane, but pretty good.
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