The Religion of Undergraduates

The Religion of Undergraduates

The Religion of Undergraduates

The Religion of Undergraduates

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The average American undergraduate occupies himself with technically formulated religious beliefs about as much as the average healthy adult is interested in materia medica, or a garage hand in differential calculus. It is life that matters; what it is all about, and what one is to do about it.

The best place to find out what undergraduates really think concerning religion is in those nightly "bull- sessions" (as they call them) in dormitories and fraternities and rooming-houses. They are wholly unscheduled; there is no leader; no one is there but the fellows. They may start with anything and end anywhere. Many a boy sets his compass by them, for there one hears discussed the real things--the sins and dilemmas that one never talks about to an older person. And while, of course, "the highest cannot be spoken," it can now and then be felt; indeed, these sessions may be the only place where a boy feels it actually near him in all his college course.

What do they talk about? Everything: the last game and the next one; sex; what profession to enter; which is the best show; and more often than not, religion. On those occasions it branches out from such questions as these: "What do you mean by God? What is he like? Can one know him? Did he create the world after the Genesis fashion or the geological? . . ."

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