Imagine you walk into your very first class of the semester, and you’re asked, “Why do you believe in God, and why do you pray to someone that doesn’t exist?”. If you’ve ever taken a certain male professor in Harris Hall, then you don’t have to imagine what it’s like.
Almost every class meeting is a religion related battle between both the students and the professor. Throughout the entirety of his course, he consistently attempts to plant seeds that would raise a red flag in any Christian’s mind. This is definitely an issue that shouldn’t be going unnoticed.
It’s not just Christianity. He does this with any religion that refers to a higher power. As far as he is concerned, our entire life is nothing but a simulation and a means to an end. Many students try to stop themselves from defending their religion so they won’t interrupt class time, but some students can’t help it. One student even decided to use her presentation time to convince the professor why he is wrong. She told him he shouldn’t be pushing his beliefs in class so heavily and she was absolutely correct. He has even said that we are living in a simulation and this life isn’t real. So many times I’ve sat in his class and everytime he said something relating to his atheistic logic, my spirit felt so intense. I wanted to shout, “GOD IS REAL!”
Some might say that philosophy contradicts religion a great deal and it is natural to feel offended by the lessons being taught in the course. However, keep in mind that this is a philosophy class. It is possible to teach a course on philosophy without talking about your own beliefs. When the teacher starts to push his lifestyle and beliefs in the classroom, he has officially crossed the line. Conversely, if it were a teacher telling an atheist student to believe in God, then it would feel similar to harassment. That is where the line is drawn.
Many students can attest to this behavior and say that the information in the article is true. It’s not that hard to teach a course without pushing your own agendas. There needs to be a separation of religion and classroom subject matter in his course. Otherwise students will continue to feel uncomfortable in his class.