RCHUMS 365 - Experiences of Atheism: A History of Skepticism and Unbelief
Section: 001
Term: FA 2010
Subject: RC Humanities (RCHUMS)
Department: LSA Residential College
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The Epicureans erected a completely materialist explana of the world, the first mechanistic description concerned with the nature of reality, the physical world, and explanations of change that relied solely upon data provided by human sensory perception. Here began the drive for a purely naturalistic explanation that is central to the practice of Western science. It led to denial of a provident God and immortality, affirmed the value of life in the present moment, and of this material world. In the Age of Enlightenment, the term "atheisme" was first coined in 16th-century France. A well-defined progam emerged: free-thinkers must strive to build their beliefs on the basis of facts, scientific inquiry, logical principles, independent of any authority, conventional wisdom, tradition, and other dogmatic principles. The ideals of America's founding fathers spearheaded the Enlightenment in their most acute form. Marx and Nietzche attacked religion as an "opiate of the people. The most powerful atheistic work in Germany was The Essence of Christianity by Feurbach. A number of so-called "new humanists" emerged in 2008 U.S. They also termed themselves atheists, agnostics, freethinkers, and secularists. The scientific community has increasingly been attempting to displace religion as a way of understanding the world rather than observation, experimentation, and rational analysis.

Crs Requirements: Students are required to read primary texts of 16 authors writers using the 16 worksheets with relevant questions for each due at the beginning of each class. Midterm and final exams and a 10-page term paper due at the end.

Intended Audience: Undergraduates

Class Format: 3 hpw of lecture

RCHUMS 365 - Experiences of Atheism: A History of Skepticism and Unbelief
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001 (LEC)
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