Are most english professors Atheist or Existential?

Canada
February 23, 2009 10:33am CST
I am a recent graduate and I guess it never dawned on me until a few days ago that every professor I knew who studied literature didn't believe in the bible or any other religion for that matter. I find it interesting that the most well red individuals wouldn't believe in the bible. However being well read will also open you up to a world of possibilities and defying theories of every book you read. I have found it hard to remember really any one of my English teachers and professors to not have been either Atheist or Existential. Did any of you find this to be a fact? Or have you found the contrary where every professor you encountered mostly believed in Christianity (specifically) or any specific religion? This was just something I found to be interesting and was curious as to what others thoughts or observations were on this.
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@dvschic (1796)
• United States
23 Feb 09
i too found that 99% of my professors were atheists or non-religious. i think it has to do with the more educate you are, the less likely you are to have faith. now, i will get attacked for saying it. there are exceptions to every rule, BUT people that are in a profession where questioning (like my history professors) is mandatory, are less likely to follow blindly along. and yes, i'm an atheist. i lack what religious people have, faith, and i'm okay with that.
• Canada
23 Feb 09
No one should attack you for stating your opinions. I too am Athiest and agree with what you said. We are always entitled to our own opinions. So long as we don't force them on others they should be allowed to be stated. Thank you for your response.
@dvschic (1796)
• United States
23 Feb 09
mylot isn't full of the most rational people, look at the guy above me who posted randomness rather than reading the question.
• Canada
23 Feb 09
That is true :D have a good day :D
@djemba (767)
• India
23 Feb 09
Hi Amanda, As expected this originated from the greeks. The term atheism originated as a pejorative epithet applied to any person or belief in conflict with established religion. With the spread of freethought, scientific skepticism, and criticism of religion, the term began to gather a more specific meaning and has been increasingly used as a self-description by atheists. Existential Humanism is a concept that can be understood in several different ways. Sartre said "Existentialism is a humanism" because it expresses the power of human beings to make freely-willed choices, independent of the influence of religion or society. Kierkegaard suggested that the best use of our capacity for making choices is to freely choose to live a fully human life that incorporates traditional human structures such as marriage. Camus, in his book The Plague, suggests that some of us may choose to be heroic, even knowing that it will bring us neither reward nor salvation, and Simone de Beauvoir, in her book The Ethics of Ambiguity, argues that embracing our own personal freedom requires us to fight for the freedoms of all humanity
• Canada
23 Feb 09
DJ. I am well studied in both Existentialism and Atheists. However I would like it if you answered my actual question. Do you find that most Literature professors are to be one or the other and not believe in religion? (Christianity specifically)
• Canada
23 Feb 09
I supposed my questioning could sound redundant or that I was asking if they're one or the other. I was actually stating if you read my post that most professors I've found have not laid claim to believing in a religion rather they have turned to Atheism or Existentialism and not chosen religion.
• United States
4 Mar 09
Well, I'm not a professor yet. I'm still finishing my masters. My bachelors degree though is in English and I'm Pagan. I did however have one professor I remember "fondly" who was a very conservative Christian and gave me an F- in her class. All because I wrote about Dracula in a manner that she didn't like. (I suppose going too Fruedian didn't help either). She was the type that believed "This is what the author meant" and if you said something contrary she marked you down.
• Canada
5 Mar 09
wow what a hard teacher. Reading is about different understandings. That's the entire point of writing is understanding that with every reader you will have different understandings and different perceptions than what you meant to write. Sorry to hear about the F though ;) Congrats on almost finishing your masters. Best of luck.