RELIGION 360 - Experiences of Atheism: A History of Skepticism and Unbelief
Section: 001
Term: FA 2010
Subject: Religion (RELIGION)
Department: LSA Studies in Religion
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Waitlist Capacity:
5
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

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

RELIGION 360 - Experiences of Atheism: A History of Skepticism and Unbelief
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
P
48923
Closed
0
 
-
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.
Syllabi are available to current LSA students. IMPORTANT: These syllabi are provided to give students a general idea about the courses, as offered by LSA departments and programs in prior academic terms. The syllabi do not necessarily reflect the assignments, sequence of course materials, and/or course expectations that the faculty and departments/programs have for these same courses in the current and/or future terms.

No Syllabi are on file for RELIGION 360. Click the button below to search for a different syllabus (UM login required)

Search for Syllabus
The CourseProfile (ART) system, supported by the U-M Provost’s 3rd Century Initiative through a grant to the Digital Innovation Greenhouse, provides additional information about: course enrollments; academic terms and instructors; student academic profiles (school/college, majors), and previous, concurrent, and subsequent course enrollments.

CourseProfile (ART)