As I announced several weeks ago, I’m going to be teaching a cheap (only $59) class inviting both theists and atheists to look at the best arguments for and against the existence of God with me. The class will not be my usual videoconference format but instead will involve exclusive written lectures from me and participation in what I expect to be a lively internet forum with both me and your fellow participants working out our ideas together. There’s no need to commit to a specific time every week. You can come and go throughout the whole month at your convenience to participate.
Here’s the official write up for the class. It starts up tomorrow and registration will continue for a few days after the start (up ’til June 5) so latecomers can join in and catch up quickly before we get too deep into things. My original announcement about the class, “God’s Not Dead Fans, I Dare You To Study The Existence of God With Me, A Real Life Philosophy Professor” generated an incredible amount of buzz, going viral and being seen over 18,000 times! There is excitement for the concept out there. Below is the official course description. Register here.
During June, Dan Fincke – ‘Camels with Hammers’ blogger and public philosopher – is offering a course titled “God’s Not Dead? How an Unscripted Philosopher can Disprove God.”
The movie God’s Not Dead, released March 2014, goes like this: “Present-day college freshman and devout Christian, Josh Wheaton (Shane Harper), finds his faith challenged on his first day of Philosophy class by the dogmatic and argumentative Professor Radisson (Kevin Sorbo)…” The full synopsis is here and you can watch the trailer. Atheists promptly noticed how this movie suggests that atheists typically hate God and live in denial, among other caricatures drawn about nonbelievers. The arguments against God rarely get center stage and never get full consideration. Dan has blogged about this movie (you can catch up here) but this June course is Dan’s one-month intense philosophy class about why God Is Dead. Dare you join and take a seat? Unlike Kevin Sorbo’s scripted character, Dan is a real philosophy professor. In his class, there’s no poignant script, no cute quips – just serious analysis of the case for and against the existence of God. Are you a nonbeliever? Hone your understanding of the best arguments for the existence of God and the philosophical reasons that they fail. When you encounter apologists like the one in God’s Not Dead (or when you encounter the movie’s fans) you can both help them improve their own arguments — and then refute them. Are you a believer? Dan dares you to see how your faith withstands a real philosophy professor’s challenges with no movie script to protect you. Does that seem like a rigged fight? Dan’s goal is not to do what Professor Radisson does in the film — present just the atheist side of the story and demand you to deny your conscience. Instead Dan is going to teach you how to use the theist side’s best arguments, so that you will be equipped with the best strategies that he knows of for trying to counter his own arguments. And anyone who has seen Dan in action knows how he is a gentle ‘soul’ and a respectful teacher, so don’t come for a fight, but come for the conversation and education. Lights, camera, action!registration- $59
start/end dates – June 1 / June 30, 2014
deadline to register – extended ’til June 5th
Click for information on more courses in this format:
- New June course – The Science and Philosophy of Free Will – with Richard Carrier
- New June course – Sexual and Gender Diversity – Julia Hemphill with Greta Christina
- New June course – Sean Faircloth on Defending Secular Government: Strategies for Success
- New June course – The Founding Fathers and Religion – Myron Jackson with Sean Faircloth
- New June course – Does Morality Need God? A Christian and an Atheist Debate
If you would rather join my independently run live, once weekly, face to face, interactive videoconference philosophy classes on Debating the Existence of God, Nietzsche, Ethics, or Philosophy for Atheists, you can get up to date information about those year round at this link. My recently revised summer schedule is directly laid out here. To sign up for these classes, just write me at firstname.lastname@example.org and as soon as you specify which “pass” you want to purchase and which class you want to join (or have me start fresh for you), I will bill you and as soon as you pay you’re free to participate. It’s that simple.