Tuesday, July 01, 2008

The Center for Inquiry has a vision of "the journey from religion to science".

Summer Session: July 20 - August 10 2008

Summer Session 2008: From Religion to Science

Contemporary society challenges us to understand our world in ways unimaginable a century ago. Scientific and technological advances, although beneficial and intellectually exciting, are also frequently anxiety-provoking, disrupting the placid certainty of the past:

our comforting mythologies are regularly challenged by the realities of modern science and the unforeseen capabilities of modern technology.
How can we embrace this intellectual excitement without provoking the anxiety created by, to borrow Lippmann's phrase, the "acids of modernity"?
How can those of us committed to a fully secular, rational, science-based understanding of the world respond to majority views shaped by different commitments and loyalties?
How do we chart a course from the "disenchantment of the world" to the "re-enchantment of the world."

The Center for Inquiry, in its flagship venue in Amherst New York, as well as across the country and abroad,

provides educational opportunities that help explain the development of the modern worldview, particularly the human journey from basing reality on religious beliefs to relying on evidence, inquiry, and evaluation.

The Institute's Summer Session 2008 is a guided tour along this route, raising such questions as,
  1. "What are the origins of religion?",
  2. "How do we assess the truth claims made by major religions on the basis of their sacred writings?",
  3. "Is it possible to be good without God?" and
  4. "What is modern science telling us about how we come to know ourselves and the world beyond us?"
The courses offered in 2008, organized around the theme From Religion to Science, examine the "future" of the Enlightenment, secular and religious dominion in public policy, the new atheism, and other topics of vital concern for humanists and non-humanists alike.

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