Merry Christmas wrote:
how does one person handle the religious requirements of 150+ member worlds?
If they are like modern military chaplains, Starfleet chaplains would be trained to serve all religious, faith and spiritual needs. No matter any individual or groups affiliation. And also those with none.
Starfleet chaplains can advise the ship's commanding officer on issues of religion, ethics, morale and morals.
Starfleet chaplains can meet with planetary religious leaders to understand the role of religion as a force for reconciliation and peace.
Sounds like a good idea. I still think that most of a Chaplain's day-to-day job can be handled by a good counselor, though.
As I'm not especially familiar with the concept of a chaplain, I have to wonder how atheists tend to feel about them.
The Atheists I've met in the Service don't have a problem with Chaplains as an idea. One of the atheists I know did have a bone to pick with her unit chaplain in Iraq. He reportedly welshed on something he promised the unit he'd do. I wasn't there so, I can't offer any more insight into that matter.
I've liked all my Chaplains. They have all been quite helpful.