Now Registering for The History and Philosophy of Humanism (SEC 200)

February 2, 2010

The CFI Institute is offering
a new course in its
Institute Online program:



The History and Philosophy of Humanism

(SEC 200)

March 1st — May 30th, 2010

Instructor John Shook, PhD, 
Vice President for Education at the Center for Inquiry

This three-month course contains six lectures by Shook from his next book on Humanism.  The six main topics are: Humanism Defined, Humanism and Naturalism, Humanism and Ethics, Humanist Ethics and God, Principles of Humanist Ethics, and Humanism’s Destiny.  Visiting Lecturers Nica Lalli (during March) and Dale McGowan (during April) will participate in the discussion areas of the course.   

The Institute at the Center for Inquiry Course Fees: $60.00 for registration,
$50.00 for Friends of the Center,
and $20.00 for students.

Online registration begins February 1st.

Click here to register

John Shook is vice president and senior research fellow at the Center for Inquiry/Transnational in Amherst, N.Y., and research associate in philosophy at the University at Buffalo.  He has authored and edited more than a dozen books about philosophy and naturalism.  He has debated the existence of God with notable theologians, including William Lane Craig, and his book The God Debates will soon be published by Blackwell.

Nica Lalli is a writer, educator, and former PTA president.  She is the author of Nothing: Something to Believe In (Prometheus Books, 2007), a memoir which tells the story of her life outside of organized religion and traces her many mishaps and misadventures she has had with religion.

Dale McGowan edited and co-authored Parenting Beyond Belief and Raising Freethinkers , the first comprehensive resources for nonreligious parents.  He writes the secular parenting blog The Meming of Life , teaches nonreligious parenting seminars across the United States, and serves as executive director of Foundation Beyond Belief, a humanist charitable and educational foundation.

The CFI Institute Online offers CFI courses entirely online — everything about the course is provided on a CFI Web site.  You will read the course lectures, follow links to other Web pages, ask questions, and participate in class discussions with the instructor and other students.  There are no specific times that you must be online.  There is no "live" aspect to these courses, and you cannot miss anything even if you can only get online at 6 a.m. or 11 p.m. — you can log in and participate anytime day or night.

Visit the CFI Institute Online to see more available courses.

For more information about online courses,
contact John Shook at jshook@centerforinquiry.net .

For questions about registration and technical support,
contact Institute Staff at channy@centerforinquiry.net .