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Religious majors on the rise in colleges


(BP) ó On campuses across the nation, religion is becoming a popular subject of study, The Buffalo News in New York said, citing several local colleges that have expanded their courses in response to increased interest in the topic.

The newspaper referred to a 22 percent increase in the number of college students enrolled as religious studies majors compared to the previous decade and said that while many students donít describe themselves as religious, they are intrigued by religion.

Patrick Lynch, chairman of the department of religious studies and theology at Canisius College, suspects the current economy, threats of terrorism and the war in Afghanistan have steered more students toward examining questions about values and the purpose of life, The News said.

Among the answers students gave for an interest in religious studies are that it helps determine how people think, helps them socialize better with people and helps them deal with people who are different from them.