Thursday, November 11, 2010

The Next CFI Institute Online Offering: Examining Christianity (SEC 221)

For general information about online classes,
vist the CFI Institute Online main page

SEC 221: Examining Christianity
December 1st, 2010 – January 31st, 2011

This two-month, fully online course examines the religion of Christianity, questioning its claims about such things as scripture, Jesus, salvation, the afterlife, and God.  

Course Topics:

  • The composition of the New Testament
  • The mythical and theological invention of Jesus
  • The implausibility of miracles and the resurrection
  • The criticism of Christianity for its immorality and injustices
  • The general refutation of Christianity in light of reason and science
Instructor: John Shook, PhD, CFI director of education
Visiting Lecturer: Robert Price, PhD, religion scholar and author 
Readings: The Incredible Shrinking Son of Man (2003) by Robert Price and The God Debates (2010) by John Shook (Students will purchase their own copies). Additional lectures will be made available online at no cost to students.

John Shook

John Shook, PhD is director of education at the Center for Inquiry and heads the CFI Institute. He is a research associate in philosophy at the University of Buffalo, and has authored and edited more than a dozen books, iincluding the recently released The God Debates. He is a co-editor of three philosophy journals, and travels for lectures and debates across the United States and around the world.


Robert M. Price, PhD is professor of theology and scriptural studies at Johnnie Coleman Theological Seminary, host of the Point of Inquiry podcast, founder and fellow of The Jesus Seminar and The Committee for the Scientific Examination of Religion, research fellow at the CFI Institute, and host of The Bible Geek webcasts. His books include Beyond Born Again, The Reason Driven Life, The Incredible Shrinking Son of Man and Inerrant the Wind. He has written some seventy articles on religion, theology and the Bible for The Christian Century, The Evangelical Quarterly, Christian Scholars Review, The Journal for the Study of The NY, The Journal of Psychology and Theology, Religious Studies, The Reformed Journal, Religious Humanism, Playboy, American Rationalist and others. He occasionally appears on A&E Bible documentaries. Dr. Price holds a Ph.D. in Theology (Drew 1981) as well as a Ph.D. in New Testament (Drew 1993).


Expertise CFI 200-level 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. 

This course can also be taken for college credit through the University at Buffalo; ask John Shook for details.



Course Fees: $90 for general registration; $75 for Friends-of-the-Center; and $20 for college students
 Ready to sign up? Register online
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Questions? email a CFI Institute representative
or phone 716-636-4869 ext 408.



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