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Instructor: John Shook PhD, CFI director of education and AHA education coordinator
This one month short course examines what “secularism” means and surveys the broad agenda of secularism. This includes the agenda of atheology, the advancement of nonbelief in society. We will survey the dominant types of secularism and figure out how to keep them coordinated for maximum effectiveness, and also keep them harmonious with the advancement of atheism.
- The differences between being secular and being atheistic, and the different kinds of disbelief
- The separate agendas of secularism and atheism over the past 300 years, and their impacts today
- The new agenda of Atheology and its resources for defending disbelief over religion
- The most effective ways to argue against religion in the defense of secular society and secular government
Readings: John Shook, “Atheism, Atheology, and Secular Philosophy” (four chapters of his next book), available free to students.
John Shook, PhD, is Director of Education and Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Inquiry and Education Coordinator for the American Humanist Association. He also serves as visiting assistant professor of science education at the University at Buffalo, teaching for the joint CFI-UB Science and the Public online masters program. From 2000 to 2006 John was professor of philosophy at Oklahoma State University. Shook publishes on philosophical topics regarding science, the mind, humanist ethics, democracy, secularism, and religion, and has debated the existence of God with leading theologians, including William Lane Craig. His most recent books are The God Debates, and as editor, Paul Kurtz's Exuberant Skepticism.
About CFI Institute Online Seminars:
CFI 200-level seminar 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 do participate online (as opposed to only lurking and reading, which is also an unobjectionable option for some students). Completion of eight courses at the Expertise 200-level is rewarded with the Institute's Certificate of Expertise.
Online courses are now jointly advertised by the Center for Inquiry and the American Humanist Association, and both organizations encourage their members and affiliates to consider taking them. Online courses are the most visible sign that CFI and the AHA have entered a cooperative relationship on some educational programming. That cooperation is facilitated by Dr. John Shook, who now serves as education coordinator for both CFI and AHA.
This is a one-month course, running from June 1, 2013 through June 30, 2013.
Cost: $70 for general registration; $60 for Friends of the Center; or $30 for college students (valid education institution email address required).
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