CFI Institute Online - Fall/Winter 2010/2011 - SEC 221

Wednesday, December 1, 2010 - Monday, January 31, 2011

Location: Online Course


Examining Christianity (SEC 221)

December 1st 2010 — January 31st, 2011

Instructor: John Shook, PhD, CFI director of education
Visiting Lecturer: Robert Price, PhD, religion scholar and author 

This course examines the religion of Christianity, questioning its claims about such things as scripture, Jesus, salvation, the afterlife, and God. 

COURSE TOPICS: The composition of the New Testament, the mythical and theological invention of Jesus, the implausibility of miracles and the resurrection, the criticism of Christianity for its immorality and injustices, and the general refutation of Christianity in light of reason and science.  

READINGS: The Incredible Shrinking Son of Man (2003) by Robert Price and The God Debates (2010) by John Shook (Students will purchase their own copies). Additional lectures will be made available online at no cost to students. 


Expertise CFI 200-level courses are taught at an intellectual level equivalent to an introductory college course. We expect students to participate in the class discussion at their own chosen pace, and there are no other writing requirements, and no grading. These classes are entirely online -- everything for the course except the book is provided on a CFI website. You will read the course lectures, follow links to other webpages, ask your questions, and participate in class discussion with the instructors and other students on our website. There is no specific time that you must be online. There is no "live" part to these courses, and you cannot miss anything even if you can only get online at 6am, or 11pm -- you can log in and participate anytime, day or night, 24/7. A certificate of course completion is available to students who participate (as opposed to only lurking and reading, which are also unobjectionable options for some students). Completion of eight courses at the Expertise 200-level is rewarded with the Institute's Certificate of Expertise. 

This course can also be taken for college credit through the University at Buffalo; ask John Shook for details.

Cost: $90 for general registration; $75 for Friends of the Center; or $20 for college students.

Additional questions? Contact the CFI Institute for further information.

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