Unis need more religion: Monash sociologist

Monash sociologist Professor Gary Bouma has said universities must go beyond secularism and incorporate a better understanding of religion into their programs.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that he told a Muslim student conference that this is because religion now plays a more important role in public life.

He said secularism is not a neutral stance, but is itself an ideology opposed to religions.

Professor Bouma holds a UNESCO chair in inter-religious relations. He was guest speaker at a University of Western Sydney conference titled "Muslim students - access, inclusion and success".

He said it's not enough for universities to offer halal food and discrete religious studies courses. Instead all curricula need to be re-written to recognise the increased role of religion in Australian life.

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5 Sep 2007