The Secular Side of Syracuse

Syracuse’s student newspaper, The Daily Orange, has been running a four-part series on the spiritual lives of students at the university, introducing readers to the way different people on campus think. Their last part, focusing on atheists, just got published:

(Luke Rafferty – The Daily Orange)

To many atheists and agnostics, their personal lack of faith is an individual preference, with each person using their own way to describe himself or herself.

“Secular members of society come from all walks of life. And almost everyone uses a different personal identifier,” Weiss said.

There is a range of secular belief and non-belief. Some people don’t like to use labels, while others feel the terminology helps them understand where they are when it comes to their secularism.

While some people identify themselves as atheist, others call themselves agnostic, secular humanist or, in Amanda Lashua’s case, apatheist.

“I’m an apatheist, which means I subscribe to apatheism, which means I just don’t care,” said Lashua, a doctoral candidate in chemistry and member of the SSA. “It’s irrelevant to my life.”

It’s a really beautiful layout, so read the full article over there.

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.

  • GodVlogger (on YouTube)

    I, too, could be an apathetic atheist (apatheist), except that lately I keep noticing the harm that religion does to society.
    This usually cures my apathy.

  • Matt Eggler

    I’ve been an atheist for thirty-five years. For most of that time I was an apatheist as well. Ever since the Reagan years I’ve watched the power of the religious right grow, but I didn’t know any fundamentalists – all of the Christians around me were fairly liberal and progressive – so I figured they would deal with the crazy fringe of their religion; it was an internal Christian matter and none of my business.

    I spent over two decades waiting for the religious left to stand up to the religious right. I remember a series of articles and discussions in the media, after the 2004 elections, about the rise of the religious left and how they were going to make a stand. The religious left did nothing.

    Progressive Christians and apatheists may believe they are removed from the problem but they are wrong. They are part of it.

  • Katwise

    You just wrote my story. Thanks. We need to keep working on avoiding a U.S. theocracy.

  • Randay

    My sister describes herself as an apatheist and I am an anti-theist. She has asked me why I get worked up about it, and I replied that for years I was an apatheist, but that now for some time, religion has openly shown that it is an active menace to society and that I have to what I can to oppose it.

  • Voytek Potrykus

    Exactly. If you don’t care, you’re not paying attention.

  • Arthur Byrne

    …which isn’t exactly unusual, for college students.